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Tom Petty 40th Anniversary

Title: Tom Petty 40th Anniversary
Publish Date: 2017-12-15
Category: Music & Concerts

Ok it's been over two months since I posted anything but I have been swamped busy and am still shocked about Tom's death.

I had written 95% of the aricle below prior to his death but he passed before I had a chance to finish and post...


Rest in Peace Tom Petty

Title: Rest in Peace Tom Petty
Publish Date: 2017-10-03
Category: Music & Concerts

I gotta tell ya, this one hurts big time!

To say that Tom's music was and is a big part of the soundtrack of my life is an understatement.

In addition to all of his albums I've seen him live twice - the first time in '87 for the Let Me Up (I've Had Enough) Tour and the second time just this past June 10, 2017 for the 40th Anniversary Tour...


Toto at the Tivoli

Title: Toto at the Tivoli
Publish Date: 2017-08-06
Category: Music & Concerts

I'll admit it, I'm a concert junkie and always will be. My obsession started on October 19, 1984 at the Michael Jackson Thriller concert at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

I've wanted to see Steve Lukather and Toto for many many moons but could never get anyone to go. Not the Mrs, not my friends from Cleveland nor my Knoxville concert buddy, Mr. VIP on TV...


Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears

Title: Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears
Publish Date: 2017-08-05
Category: Music & Concerts

I've listened to Daryl Hall & John Oates since the 80's but never got a chance to see them until May 24th at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

An overnight visit to a city I had never navigated was sure to be an adventure. After viewing Trivago for a few weeks I pounced on accommodations at Hampton Inn Downtown Nashville which turned out great because we were two blocks from the arena and it was convenient to everything...


Rest in Peace Greg Allman

Title: Rest in Peace Greg Allman
Publish Date: 2017-06-14
Category: Music & Concerts

The passing of Gregg Allman hit home for me. My favorite Allman Brothers Band song is "Soul Shine" because it reminds me of my late friend Lynda and one of our many concert outings. Allman Brothers - Polaris Amphitheater 1995

At the tail end of my 10 year concert bonanza (1986-1996) my friend Lynda and I went to see The Allman Brothers in Columbus Ohio...


The Music of Foreigner

Title: The Music of Foreigner
Publish Date: 2017-05-13
Category: Music & Concerts

I've been to many shows in my life but seeing Foreigner just never materialized until I received an email from one of the plethora of ticket vendors I subscribe to (Live Nation, TicketMaster, Etc...).

The stage was set for U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville North Carolina on February 22, 2017 so I bought tickets for me and the Mrs...


Rest in Peace J. Geils

Title: Rest in Peace J. Geils
Publish Date: 2017-04-14
Category: Music & Concerts

The J. Geils Band 12th album (Love Stinks) was the first album that I ever listened to, complete with crackling and popping.

I remember listening to Love Stinks over and over until my father would come home from work and then of course I would pretend to be doing my homework (it was his album). By the time I listened to it in '82 or '83 the album was 2/3 years old already but I didn't care one bit, I just jammed to it with my air guitar...