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Comment 18 Jun 2016

Guns and Roses, Compton Terrace, Phoenix (1992?) It was the last show of their "Use Your Illusion" tour. Some random guy handed a buddy and I tickets outside of a 7-11 in Tempe about an hour before the show was supposed to start. "I'm not using them, want 'em?" GnR were three and a half hours late to the stage, and Axl had mic problems all set. I think they played 5 or six songs and then Axl threw his mic in the air and stormed off stage. However, Soundgarden opened for them and sounded great.

I'd like the mention the best show I ever saw as a counterpoint: Morphine at the the Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, 1998. A very mellow band, with a equally mellow crowd who began the show sitting and listening. By the end everyone was on their feet singing along. Amazing. The band would not let you NOT participate. Totally charming banter and interaction with the crowd. They really worked the room.  Marc Sandman died onstage in Italy within a year.

Comment 17 Jun 2016

Given his willingness to listen to students during the anti-war campus demonstrations in the 60's-70's I think there's a good chance he'd support people's rights to speak about and celebrate whatever they wish. Particularly non-violently and in the face of possibly violent opposition.

Of course that's an assumption...

Comment 17 May 2016

Been a big fan for a long time. I had Kyuss' Welcome to Sky Valley on cassette back in college. Have loved the majority of the Queens albums and really like the Iggy Pop album; it has Hommes sound all over it. I also loved him on Bourdain's show as mentioned above.

Like Clockwork was a revelation as I think it is the biggest progression in sound of any Queens album yet. There are so many new ideas and seeming shout-outs to other groups (The Cars, Foreigner and Queensryche , if you can believe it). I love "I Appear Missing" which is just an epic (and I mean that in the traditional sense: long, large, powerful, and varied) song.

I also like how Queens tunes progress over the years, the performances improve. I'm specifically thinking about the song "Mexicola". The 1998 album version off of Queens of the Stone Age has nothing on the 2007 version from the BBC's "From the Basement". The Basement version is stronger, and Homme's vocals are much superior. It's as if over time he's learned how to properly work the tune. Sadly Youtube clips of the performance keep getting pulled, and the current crop have sound issues. Check it out if you can.

Thank you for posting this, Nellie!

Comment 23 Apr 2016

Though I love JT I predicted that the Bucks title chances were done when Miller went out, and that after JT went down that we had ZERO shot.

On the flipside I did call Tebow's 2007 season, when speaking to a friend, and said "...he'll pass for 3000+ and 30+ TDS and run for 20+ TDs..."

Comment 18 Apr 2016

As far as The Silmarillion goes maybe try and skip the first chapter about the creation of the world (The Music of The Ainur)? It reads like the Bible and uses some archaic vernacular. Once you get to the birth of the Elves, or prior to that Morgoth's first foul acts, things really get rolling.

If you do read it you'll realize what all of the Elves, Gandalf and others in LoTR are talking about when they speak of things in ME being fallen, or fading. Not quite the glorious past. The events of The Simarillion make LoTR seem like the chronicle of the last breath of a fallen culture and civilization that it is.

Comment 18 Apr 2016

Sorry for your loss, Padrino.

That's real late in the war, after Vietnamization was failing, and the failure of Operation Lam Son.

Was he required to be there or did he re-up?

Comment 18 Apr 2016

I read LoTR and The Silmarillion once a year. The Silmarillion is my favorite by far. Even though quite a bit of it is Christopher Tolkien.

Good for you on the editions! That's a wonderful thing to inherit. I have "reading" copies and "saving" copies of them all. Yes, I realize that is crazy. The saving copies are the Folio Society's editions from a few years ago. Really nicely done.

Comment 14 Apr 2016

It is amazing isn't it? $1.1MILLION to each of the five winning teammates (the U.S.'s "Evil Geniuses") of the 2015 International (DOTA).

I'd argue that watching CS:GO is easier and more fun, particularly for a non-player.  I'm sure watching DOTA as a player it doesn't look as muddled as it seems to me.

Comment 14 Apr 2016

Watching a CS:GO title match is actually pretty exciting. Multiple casters, color guys, replays and slo mo. And since the matches are played live in front of a crowd of 5-20k people at majors, you get the crowd cheering, etc.

It's better than you'd think.

Comment 14 Apr 2016

Columbus just hosted one of the year's "majors" for Counter Strike: Global Operations, the game I play. It's five man teams, Terrorist vs Counter Terrorist, on various well known maps. It's a pro "sport" very big in Europe and gaining ground here. 1.6 million watched the final match in Columbus online. The winning five man squad from Brazil took home $500,000. Yes, you read that right. $100k EACH.

It's a great game, but being a pro is about the same in any other "sport". You need to be very talented, spend untold hours working on the game and strategies (the teams have managers and coaches), and be YOUNG. Speed and reflexes are super important and you are considered an old man in CS:GO by 25.

I'm 43, ancient by game standards. I'd give a nut to be 17 right now and trying to play pro. It's a very interesting culture, one that's exploding in popularity and financial rewards.

Comment 13 Apr 2016

Rid of Me is my favorite girl rock album of all time. "Mansize", "Yuri G" great songs....

Comment 13 Apr 2016

Their second album is just masterful. It's a straight progression from the 60's R+B influences of the first to more of a 70's soul feel. Just amazing. Best album of the last two years or so in my mind.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

My best friend is involved with Jones in Killeen. He says the kid has all the talent in the world, is as strong as an ox, and could be an amazing DT. NFL bound easily.

BUT, he says Jones has an on again, off again motor, little drive, not the best head on his shoulders as far as decision making is concerned, and an under-involved, selfish, meddling father. He had to transfer out of public school because of grades and was working on some sort of GRE course. He had trouble making practices, particularly summer workouts. His father made no effort to get him to events and only became involved with the recruiting process once big time schools, particularly 'Bama came calling. Think Seantrel Henderson.