I know how Ace Frehley feels

I feel Ace Frehley’s pain. Gene Simmons, since revealing that he is Jewish; has taken to playing the Semite card….alot.

An excerpt from an interview:

Paul’s book recently came out. Have you read any of it?

I haven’t read it, but I’m sure he threw me under the bus in one way or another. [Laughs] Although I heard he threw Gene under the bus more than anyone.

Apparently he thinks you and Peter are anti-Semitic.

That’s absurd. I’m engaged to a Jewish lady! I’ve been with her for five years. Her name is Rachael Gordon and she’s a singer-songwriter. I met her in San Diego on my 2008 tour. And my whole life I’ve been in the music business. You know the music business is controlled by Jewish people: My attorney, my accountant—everybody’s Jewish. [Laughs] I’m anti-Semitic? Are you out of your mind? You know what the problem is? Paul’s cranky because he can’t call me a drunk or a drug addict anymore. He can’t say I’m unemployable. He can’t say I don’t show up, because I do these days. So now he’s grasping at straws just to grab headlines for his goddamn book.

via Even Ace Frehley Thinks Kiss Is a Circus | NOISEY.

What killed KISS was the overmarketing of KISS by Gene Simmons (or should I call him Chaim Witz?) and because of Gene’s outspoken Conservative politics. The majority of KISS fans could give two flips about politics, Israel or anything else related. It is too bad that ol’ Chaim turned KISS into his own personal diamond mine and political bully pulpit. For all the controversial imagery in that group; there were some seriously good tunes written by that band — especially in the early years.

I know how Ace Frehley feels. I was basically blackballed by the neoconservative blogosphere; because I did not go along with the hive mind mentality, when it comes to Israel, in the Conservative blogosphere. I also have been called a racist by the same people, because I simply will not buy into the idea of multiculturalism. Which is, for what it is worth; progressive code words for being ashamed that you are a white person.

Anyhow, it is a shame that Simmons would stoop to such tactics against former band mates. But, it is to be expect by those who are a protected minority and seem to believe that they are entitled to some sort of special treatment. The funny thing is that Republicans will fall all over themselves to decry blacks who demand such treatment; but you dare let someone question the same treatment of Jews — and quickly those people are branded haters, by the same very people. It is a sad double standard in Conservative and Republican politics.

Video: Megadeth does…. a Christmas Album?!?

This is pee in the pants funny! I almost fell out of my chair laughing at this.

The Video:

The story:

On Monday night’s edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Megadeth appeared in a sketch promoting their upcoming Christmas album, Thrashing Through the Snow: A Very Megadeth Christmas.

Don’t worry, last-minute shoppers — it’s not a real album!

Dave Mustaine, Chris Broderick & Co. were joined by Jenny Lewis, who accompanies the band on a metal version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” But we think you’ll enjoy all the holiday classics on the (again: fake) album.

via Video: Megadeth Promote Fake Holiday Album, ‘Thrashing Through the Snow: A Very Megadeth Christmas,’ on ‘Kimmel’ | Guitar World.

I have to say that seeing Dave Mustaine… in a sweater is too funny. :D Anyone who knows anything remotely about Mustaine and Megadeth knows why.

The Friday Morning Music Express Presents: Creedence Clearwater Revival

This is John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, Doug Clifford at their best in 1970 at Royal Albert Hall.

Setlist:
1. Born On The Bayou
2. Green River
3. Tombstone Shadow
4. Travellin’ Band
5. Fortunate Son
6. Commotion
7. Midnight Special
8. Bad Moon Rising
9. Proud Mary
10. The Night Time Is The Right Time
11. Good Golly Miss Molly
12. Keep On Chooglin’

The Saturday Night Music Express Presents Linda Ronstadt

This is for Linda Ronstadt, who is fighting for her life. Fight like hell woman!

Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 67, told AARP today that she “can’t sing a note” because she suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Diagnosed eight months ago, Ronstadt began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago. But she ascribed her inability to sing to a tick bite (“my health has never recovered since then”), and believed the shaking in her hands resulted from shoulder surgery.

In a wide-ranging interview with AARP’s music writer Alanna Nash to be published on aarp.org next week, Ronstadt revealed how she discovered that “there was something wrong” with her voice.

“I couldn’t sing,” she told Nash, “and I couldn’t figure out why. I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn’t occur to me to go to a neurologist. I think I’ve had it for seven or eight years already, because of the symptoms that I’ve had. Then I had a shoulder operation, so I thought that’s why my hands were trembling.

“Parkinson’s is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was completely shocked. I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years.

“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt said. “No matter how hard you try.”

Ronstadt walks with the aid of poles when on uneven ground, and uses a wheelchair when she travels.

Others: TelegraphPower LineScared MonkeysKTLA 5 and EW.com

The Saturday Afternoon Music Express Presents: Chicago Live 1972

After the week I’ve had, I am in need of some good music.

This is from 1972. This is Chicago Transit Authority.

This is from an era, when the city of Chicago was actually worth a darn and not the leftist swamp it is now.

Although, some of the songs in this video are quite leftist in nature, “We can make it happen” being a perfect example — it is still good music.

Also too, please note: This video features the late, great, Terry Kath, who was tragically killed in a gun-related accident;  just 6 years after this video was filmed.

Enjoy and please, enjoy the weekend! :D

The Friday Morning Music Express – Special Memorial Edition – Presents George Jones

The Possum has died…

And so much more. But, I cannot post them all. The great possum has left us and this earth for his Heavenly home.

The Story:

NASHVILLE — George Jones, whose supple Texas voice conveyed heartbreak so profound that he became perhaps the most imitated singer in country music, died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being hospitalized with high fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81.

Hank Williams may have set country music’s mythology and Johnny Cash its attitude, but Jones gave the genre its ultimate voice. With recordings that spanned 50 years, including No. 1 singles White Lightning, She Thinks I Still Care and He Stopped Loving Her Today, Jones influenced generations of country singers and was considered by many to be the greatest of them all.

Jones’ life also included legendary battles with substance abuse, mostly alcohol, and four marriages, including one to fellow singer Tammy Wynette, and another, his last and longest, to Nancy Sepulvado.

Ultimately, though, it was that voice that won Jones two Grammys, got him into the Country Music Hall of Fame and made him an American musical icon. That plaintive voice that seemed to break down at will and wallow in sorrow. That voice of honky-tonk eloquence that held tortured echoes of heroes like Williams, Roy Acuff and Lefty Frizzell. That finely nuanced voice that offered thrill rides of emotions, with twists and turns, slippery, bending notes and sudden drops.

Jones’ performances weren’t just an emotional rollercoaster, they were the whole theme park. — Via USA Today

Blogger Roundup and reactions here.

 

Update: Oh, and by the way — FUCK WONKETTE! Place ain’t been worth a shit since Anna Marie Cox sold it. :mad:

The Monday Night Music Express – Special Memorial Edition presents: Richie Havens

He was the one, who opened Woodstock 1969 and now, He is with Jimi, Janis and the rest.

The Videos:

Here is Rich Havens talking about his Woodstock 1969 performance:

The Story:

NEW YORK (AP) — Richie Havens, the folk singer and guitarist who was the first performer at Woodstock, died Monday at age 72.

Havens died of a heart attack in New Jersey, his family said in a statement. He was born in Brooklyn.

Havens was known for his crafty guitar work and cover songs, including his well-received cover of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman.”

His performance at the three-day 1969 Woodstock Festival, where headliners included Jimi Hendrix, was a turning point in his career. He was the first act to hit the stage, performing for nearly three hours. His performance of “Freedom,” based from the spiritual “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” became an anthem.

Havens returned to the site during Woodstock’s 40th anniversary in 2009.

“Everything in my life, and so many others, is attached to that train,” he said in an interview that year with The Associated Press.

Woodstock remains one of the events that continues to define the 1960s in the popular imagination. Performers included The Who, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and dozens of others, and the trippy anarchy of Woodstock has become legendary. There was lots of nudity, casual sex, dirty dancing and open drug use. The stage announcer famously warned people to steer clear of the brown acid.

Havens had originally been scheduled to go on fifth but had been bumped up because of travel delays. Festival producer Michael Lang said in the book “The Road to Woodstock” that he chose Havens “because of his calm but powerful demeanor.”

His performance lasted hours because the next act hadn’t showed up.

“So I’d go back and sing three more,” Havens said in an interview with NPR. “This happened six times. So I sung every song I knew.”

Havens’ website said that he had kidney surgery in 2010 and that he never recovered enough to perform concerts like he used to. He performed at Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration in 1993. — NYT

More Via Guitar Player Magazine:

Folk music singer and guitarist Richie Havens, who opened the 1969 Woodstock music festival, died Monday, April 22, of a heart attack at his home in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was 72.

Havens, who retired from performing three years ago, toured for more than 40 years and recorded 30 albums. However, he’ll probably be best known as the opening act at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, where he performed one of his most famous songs, “Freedom,” his own version of a spiritual called “Motherless Child.”

Actually, that day, Havens had no choice but to play every song he knew.

Scheduled fifth on the bill for the opening day of the Woodstock festival on August 15, 1969, Havens and his band were forced to go on early because other bands were busy fighting traffic on the way to the festival grounds in Bethel, New York.

“It was 5 o’clock and nothing was happening yet,” Havens told Billboard. “I had the least instruments (to set up on stage) and the least people (in his band).” Havens performed for 40 minutes. “I went back and did that, then it was, ‘Four more songs …,’ and that kept happening ’til two hours and 45 minutes later, I had sung every song I know.”  

May he rest in peace. :(

The Wednesday Afternoon Music Express, Special Memorial Edition Presents: Alvin Lee

It appears that Alvin Lee finally made it home. :(

Alvin Lee, the guitarist and singer of Ten Years After, has died.

A statement posted on his official website read: “With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforseen complications following a routine surgical procedure.

“We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.” — More at Music Radar