Saturday, February 24, 2007

Billy Joel Feb 21st Gaylord Entertainment Center

This guy is so good. I started listening to Billy Joel in 1973, one year before Piano Man hit the chart. It was a Saturday and I was visiting my local head er, uh I mean "record shop" and they had "Cold Spring Harbor" on the record player and I heard "She's Got A Way" and "Everybody Loves you Now" and I was hooked.
I was really pleased when "Piano Man" came out and "The Stranger" is an absolute masterpiece. His "Sgt. Pepper". I have been fan and seen him two other time. Once at the Arena in 1986 and Even though the output in the 90's was not his best, I still liked his stuff.
I saw him last Wednesday in Nashville and again, he has confirmed that he is one the best entertainers of our generation.
He started with "The Angry Young Man" as he has the other two times I saw him. Imagine my pleasure when the second song was "Everybody Loves You Now". Other highlights include his banter with the crowd(calling "The Bridge" a piece of junk was pretty ballsy)and saying that being bald didn't mean "less hair, but more head".
The only letdowns were
a) "Big Shot". I hate that song.
b) "We Didn't Start The Fire". I hate that song worse.
c) "Highway To Hell" sung by his roadie, "Chainsaw". WTF?
All the hits were there and some very nice surprises. "Root Beer Rag" was fun and "Zanzibar" was a real treat. "Shameless" was appropriate for Nashville since Garth had such a hit with it.
He did one encore (as everyone should do). "Only The Good Die Young", "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" (His Stairway To Heaven and my personal favorite) and, of course "Piano Man". The segue from "Keeping The Faith" to "River of Dreams" was flawless. "New York State of Mind" was it's usual awesome. Things he could have played..."Captain Jack", "Goodnight Saigon" and "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" but, yet, he gave us over two hours of great great stuff. I highly recommend this tour.
Thanks Youtube.

Friday, February 23, 2007

This Is "Pac Man" Jones

He is an "upstanding" member of the Nashville community.
He is very rich and he runs very fast.

Just a quick taste of this "quality" citizen of the NFL community ...

10/2003: Jones was sentenced to one year in jail following a bar fight while he was a student at West Virginia University, but the sentence was suspended and he was placed on two years probation. His probation was scheduled to end on Thursday.

4/27/05: Adam "Pacman" Jones was at Club Blaze in Conley, Ga., around 3 a.m. ET on April 27 when officers responded to a fight involving two women. Andrea Akins, a supervisor at the club, told police she was punched in the mouth by a woman who was with Jones. But she later told police the woman "had nothing to do with the altercation," a police report said.

Both women were handcuffed, but were released without any arrests.

7/13/05: The Tennessee Titans' top draft pick, Adam "Pacman" Jones, was arrested Wednesday on charges of assault and felony vandalism stemming from a nightclub altercation. Jones surrendered to Nashville police at Titans headquarters Wednesday morning. Jones was in handcuffs, a white T-shirt and light blue exercise pants when he appeared smiling before a night court commissioner, who set bond at $7,000. The charges included one felony vandalism charge and two misdemeanor counts of assault.

9/5/05: The annual Nashville Sports Council Kickoff Luncheon was held at the Renaissance Hotel. Among the 800 guest was none other than Pacman Jones ... later that evening Jones was counseled for a loud verbal tantrum when he was told to wait in line for his vehicle. He also refused to pay for any valet services used that evening.

10/25/05: In a petition filed by the state, it was alleged that Jones has not made regular and sufficient contact with his probation officer and that he did not report his July arrest in Nashville in a timely fashion.

Judge Robert Stone in Morgantown granted the probation extension of 90 days, though the state requested for it to be extended up to a year.

4/11/06: Nine people were arrested on suspicion of having roles in two major drug rings that trafficked cocaine and marijuana in Sumner and Davidson counties, including a Nashville man with possible ties to Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, authorities said yesterday.

Officers from Davidson and Sumner counties seized 1,653 pounds of marijuana, 128 pounds of cocaine, more than 20 vehicles and $608,000, police said.

4/18/06: Police say Pacman was one of 12 or more people that gathered at a gas station in Nashville when a fight broke out and gunshots were fired.

A surveillance camera shows that Pacman was identified as being in the crowd and he confirmed that fact to police.

8/23/06: Jones was also accused of simple assault by Toya Garth, who said Jones spit in her face. Garth said Jones "got very close to her and spit in her face, and which point she stated she spit back in his face,'' according to statement taken by police.

After Jones was asked to leave, police said he began yelling profanities and was arrested by Officer Matt Baldwin.

"Mr. Jones was given several opportunities to leave, he just wouldn't do it,'' Lt. Alvin Baird said. "As he was leaving he hung out the passenger side of the vehicle and began yelling profanities at the security at Sweetwater Saloon, and he put us in a place where we had to do something. Jones was also said to have bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol.

He was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

He was also being questioned and is under suspicion involving a shooting over the All Star NBA weekend in Las Vegas. He has hired Ray Lewis' former attorney for his defense.

Middle Tennessee is a very conservative part of the country and I will lay you ten to one odds he will not be a Tennessee Titan next year. Thank God

This Is How We Sell Music in 2007

No doubt she's a beautiful woman. Can she sing? Sure. Are we focusing on the music anymore? No. She's sexing it up. Good luck to her, she'll need it.

Only You Know and I Know

...I've Got A Never ending Song Of Love...

This is me with Bonnie Bramlett, one of my favorite singers in the whole wide world. This was taken at the Mike Reilly Benefit on my birthday. Read about her here. What a sweetheart. Terrific lady.
Thanks for the birthday present, Bonnie

NO Blog For A While

Yes, I realize that I haven't blogged in a while. It has been a perverbial whirlwind of stuff which I will catch up on this weekend. Had my 51st birthday and buried my best friend. So, with apologies for you that check in here often, I will rejoin all of you with pictures (hopefully) very soon.

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