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The Eagles are getting ready to check into the Hotel California forever
July 6th, 2023 under Concerts/Tours. [ Comments: none ]

This is a sad time for music. So many greats are retiring from the road, like Neil Diamond, Aerosmith, KISS, and Elton John, to name a few.

Today we learned there is one more name we can add to the list, and it is The Eagles.

The band posted this statement: “The Eagles have had a miraculous 52-year odyssey, performing for people all over the globe; keeping the music alive in the face of tragic losses, upheavals and setbacks of many kinds. Credit and thanks go to our longtime management team, our dedicated road crew, and our exceptional backup musicians for providing skilled and steadfast support, throughout these many years. We know how fortunate we are, and we are truly grateful. Our long run has lasted far longer than any of us ever dreamed. But, everything has its time, and the time has come for us to close the circle. The official farewell tour is currently in the planning stages. We want to give all our fans a chance to see us on this final round. So, scheduling information will be released as dates are set. The difficulties of booking venues for multiple nights may require us to return to certain cities, depending on demand. But, we hope to see as many of you as we can, before we finish up. Most importantly, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for embracing this band and its music. At the end of the day, you are the reason we have been able to carry on for over five decades. This is our swan song, but the music goes on and on.”

The members going on tour for the final round are Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey. Original member Glenn Frye passed away in 2016.

Pre-sale and VIP tickets go on sale on July 12th, and then the rest will be available on the 14th.


Cutting Crew’s Gareth Moulton plays to the 2020 version of a packed crowd
August 17th, 2020 under Concerts/Tours. [ Comments: none ]

Gareth Moulton might perform (I Just) Died in Your Arms with Cutting Crew, but he doesn’t want his fans to sing that to their loved ones. As in getting COVID-19 because they saw him perform live.

Therefore, yesterday he played a show in Wootton Village Hall to an audience who was “painstakingly distanced.” Now that we know it can be done, as he says, “THERE IS HOPE! 👍❤️”

Plus, the best part is that the soldold crowd got a really intimate show. Much more intimate than if they were all on top of each other like the concerts he used to play all the way back on March 8th.

Would you go to a live music show like that? I totally would Wang Chang to that.


Ukraine came up with an innovative way to do a safe concert
July 27th, 2020 under Concerts/Tours, Coronavirus. [ Comments: none ]

It looks there will barely be any concerts for the rest of this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Fans all over the world want to see and hear live music in person, and coming up with ways to do it is taking a lot of imagination.

Garth Brooks recorded a concert that played in drive-ins around the country. While Brad Paisley and friends played lived shows at a few drive-ins where concert goers each got three parking spaces. Then there are serial killers Great White who played a non-masking wearing concert with no social distancing in one of the Dakotas.

Well, Ukraine topped them all. Ukrainian band O.Torvald played a concert in Kyiv near a hotel, and their fans (four per room) watched them play from the balconies. Not only that, but the fans also got to choose which songs they played. A fun night for all because they also stayed in the rooms all night.

I can see this happening in several cities in the US like Miami, Virginia Beach, and New Bern, North Carolina, where the band can play the beach, and the audience can watch from hotel rooms. They can also do this in Atlantic City or Niagra Falls. The list could go on and on if I didn’t only visit cities along the East Coast.

Would you go to a concert this way? I totally would!


Is Vanilla Ice trying to put his fans on ice, ice?
June 25th, 2020 under Concerts/Tours, Coronavirus, Vanilla Ice. [ Comments: 4 ]

Vanilla Ice/Instagram

Ever since March live, in-person concerts have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Live Nation found a safe way around the risk by making them a drive-in experience, with each car having three-9′ parking spaces to their own.

I thought that would be the wave of the future until it was safe to go to concerts again. I was wrong. Vanilla Ice announced yesterday that he will be playing a live gig in Austin, Texas, on July 3rd. Standing room only tickets are going for $25 and $40.

Standing room only during a deadly virus? WTF? Texas has seen a huge rise of people infected with COVID-19 in the last week. It is so bad that the governor told people to stay home. Not only that, in Houston, they are running out of beds in the ICU, so they are going to send adult patients to a children’s hospital. So I have to ask why is Rob Van Winkle risking his fans’ lives?

Yes, it would be nice to have live music again, but not at the risk of dying. Several people went to a comedy show in Nashville, Tennessee, over the weekend, and barely anyone wore masks. Then all of a sudden, D.L. Hughley collapsed on the stage and turns out he tested positive for coronavirus the next day. What if he accidentally infected some of his fans?

We want to go back to normal, but at what risk? Do you want to be responsible for unknowingly giving it to someone who dies from it? Wear a mask and be responsible. I spent a chunk of my life as an AIDS activist and telling people to wear condoms. Now, I am telling you to wear masks and be smart. Ask yourself, is going to a live concert worth your life, a loved one’s life, or a stranger’s life? I don’t think so. If you do, then I hope you meet someone who is more caring than you are when you need them. Maybe then you can learn from them before it is too late.

Rob, I haven’t spoken to you since I lived in Miami. I am begging you, please, cancel this show. It is not the right time, and I am hoping you don’t want to risk your fan’s lives. Be better than Sammy Hagar.


Sammy Hagar is willing to die from COVID-19 to get back to work
June 24th, 2020 under Concerts/Tours, Unadmirable People. [ Comments: none ]

Rolling Stone spoke with 14 legendary artists like Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Earth, Wind and Fire’s Phillip Bailey, and The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, and the magazine asked them if they are willing to go on the road again before there is a vaccine for COCVID-19.

The road is a place that is more like their first home than their second one. David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash says his house is in jeopardy because he is not making any money. However, he wants you to know, “I’m not whining about it, though — it’s what we have to do, or we can’t beat the coronavirus.”

While he is willing to put other people’s lives ahead of his own, Sammy Hagar is not:
I’ll be comfortable playing a show before there’s a vaccine, if it’s declining and seems to be going away. I’m going to make a radical statement here. This is hard to say without stirring somebody up, but truthfully, I’d rather personally get sick and even die, if that’s what it takes. We have to save the world and this country from this economic thing that’s going to kill more people in the long run. I would rather see everyone go back to work. If some of us have to sacrifice on that, OK. I will die for my children and my grandchildren to have a life anywhere close to the life that I had in this wonderful country. That’s just the way that I feel about it. I’m not going to go around spreading the disease. But there may be a time where we have to sacrifice. I mean, how many people die on the Earth every day? I have no idea. I’m sorry to say it, but we all gotta die, man.

Thankfully, not all artists feel the same way as Hagar. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty said, “And I don’t want to be the guy who contributes to that. You go do a concert with 10,000 people, and then find out afterwards that some of them died?” Then he added, “Maybe some other guy thinks it’s a good idea, but I’m not dying for Donald Trump. I’m not dying for the economy.”

We all miss concerts, but none of them are worth dying over. Especially, Sammy Hagar. I saw him with Van Halen and he sucked. He was so awful that he forgot the words to Right Now. How do you forget the lyrics to the biggest song you produced with the band months just after you released it? He is no David Lee Roth.


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