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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Attending the 2015 National Championship Game

    Attending multiple Yankees World Series games from 1996 on.
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Comment 22 Jul 2016

One of my all-time favorite Buckeye moments.  I love it after the catch when the camera goes to Lloyd and he sees the catch, looks up at the clock, and realizes he is screwed - the look on his face is priceless (you can just catch it at the very end of this video)

Comment 20 Jul 2016

This fine version of Space Truckin reminded me  of the following:  Did everyone but me know that Ritchie Blackmore re-formed Rainbow for a few festivals, which they played last month?!!  Looks like no former Purple or Rainbow members other than Ritchie, but its nice to see him playing rock music again. By the way, Ritchie seems to have more hair now than he did in 1973!

"Blackmore recently told Billboard.com about his plans to revisit RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE classics: "I'm now 70, so I just felt like playing some rock 'n' roll for a few days. We're going to do four or five dates" — most likely in England, Germany and Sweden — "of just playing the old rock stuff, PURPLE stuff and RAINBOW. I'm doing it for the fans, for nostalgia, and the singer I found is very exciting; he's a cross between [Ronnie James] Dio meets Freddie Mercury. So this will mean exposing a new singer to the masses, and I'm sure he'll become pretty famous because of his voice."

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ritchie-blackmore-reveals-touring-lineup-for-rock-shows/#lhClhsCL0w7FmplA.99

Here are some more updates:



Comment 19 Jul 2016

Thanks Whoa -- how did you did it every day?!! 

Sure, i can parachute in for an afternoon, but, once again, hats off to you for consistently churning out quality and interesting material!

Comment 19 Jul 2016

Ok - lets focus on Allen Collins! I had some time this afternoon so I decided to give it a shot.

Allen Collins was one of the original members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.  He was an incredible guitarist and co-wrote some of the band's greatest songs (Tuesday's Gone, Gimme Three Steps, Free Bird, On the Hunt, That Smell).

 He started playing guitar when he was 11 and was self taught. Collins, guitarist Gary Rossington and singer Ronnie Van Zant started playing together in 1964 (Collins was 13).  In 1970, one of the very first public performances of Free Bird occurred at Allen Collins' wedding reception.  The band's career took off in 1973, after being discovered by Al Kooper at a week-long run at an Atlanta club, which resulted in a record deal and Al Kooper producing the debut album, which featured Free Bird, Simple Man, Gimme Three Steps and Tuesday's Gone.  A warm-up slot for the Who's Quadrophenia tour followed (In the liner notes to the excellent live album, One More From the Road, Cameron Crowe talked about Pete Townshend stopping in mid-sentence to compliment the band (see Whoa's excellent write-up on Crowe in a recent TIMH)).

 Guitar World listed Collins' solo on Free Bird as the No. 3 greatest guitar solo of all time.  From Guitar World:

"On the studio version of "Free Bird," which appeared on Skynyrd’s debut album, Collins played the entire solo himself on his Gibson Explorer, with Rossington playing rhythm on his Les Paul (“Bernice”) and adding the slide fills on his SG."

“The whole long jam was Allen Collins himself,” Rossington says. “He was bad. He was super bad! He was bad-to-the-bone bad. When we put the solo together, we liked the sound of the two guitars, and I could’ve gone out and played it with him. But the way he was doin’ it, he was just so hot! He just did it once and did it again and it was done.”

Here is his isolated solo:

Collins was on the chartered plane that crashed with the rest of the band in 1977 during the Street Survivors tour, killing lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, Guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister Cassie, who was a background vocalist, along with road manager Dean Kilpatrick.  Collins was seriously injured, suffering two broken vertebrae in his neck and severe damage to his right arm. 

After a long recovery, Collins and other former members of Skynyrd  joined Charlie Daniels at his annual Volunteer Jam in 1979, performing Call Me the Breeze and an instrumental version of Free Bird:

. In 1980, he formed the Rossington Collins band with Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington and former Skynyrd members Leon Wilkeson (Bass) and keyboardist Billy Powell.  Tragedy struck again (a common theme in Allen's short life) when his wife suddenly died of a hemorrhage following a miscarriage. While he continued with the band, Collins was never the same, turning to drugs and alcohol.  In 1983, Rossington and singer Dale Krantz left the group (Krantz and Rossington married in 1982 and are still together), Allen Collins continued with the Allen Collins Band, featuring most of the remaining members of the Rossington Collins band. It was their only album. Collins behavior became more erratic and the band broke up.  In 1986, while driving under the influence of alcohol, Collins was in a serious car accident, which killed his girlfriend and left him permanently paralyzed from the waist down.  He was also limited in the use of his upper body and arms; Allen Collins would never play guitar again. He pleaded no contest to DUI manslaughter.  Part of his plea bargain required him to participate in educating young people on the dangers of drunk driving, which he did in a video that was played to the crowd during the 1987 Lynyrd Skynyrd reunion tour (Collins served as the bands musical director for that tour). 

Allen Collins died in 1990 from chronic pneumonia that developed as a result of decreased lung capacity from his paralysis. Collins was asked once on a radio call-in show to name his favorite song.  He named Tuesday's Gone, which I've posted below. 

Comment 19 Jul 2016

Some good birthdays today:

Brian May

Allen Collins

Keith Godchaux (its labeled as '77 but its from Winterland '74  - released in '77 in the Grateful Dead movie)

Comment 18 Jul 2016

Thanks!  Here is a little more:

Setlist for Bruce from July 18

18-Jul-1973 New York,NY Max's Kansas City,USA

(Early show) - partial
01 New York City serenade
02 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
03 Spirit in the night
04 Does this bus stop at 82nd street?
05 Something you got
06 Zero and the blind Terry
07 Thundercrack

(likely also played Wild Billy's Circus Story and Growin UP)

Late show (partial)

01 Spirit in the night
02 New York City serenade
03 Route 66

Bob Marley and the Wailers

Bend Down Low
Lively Up Yourself
Slave Driver
Stop That Train
Stir It Up
Kinky Reggae
Get Up, Stand Up

Rude Boy

Its possible that this was the set for the late show (but is certainly a set from this run)

Bend Down Low
Lively Up Yourself
Slave Driver
400 Years
Stir It Up
Kinky Reggae
Don't Rock My Boat
Get Up, Stand Up
E: Put It On

Comment 18 Jul 2016

Here is a quick one:

Today in 1973, Bruce Springsteen played the first of six nights (12 shows - early and late shows each night) at Max's Kansas City in NYC, with Bob Marley and the Wailers as the opening band. A critic from the Village Voice reviewed the show (both Bruce and Marley) but it was rejected by the editor and not published because he was convinced that neither artist would make it! This was the Wailers' first tour of the US.

Audio from later in the week:

Comment 16 Jul 2016

Farewell to Whoa and TIMH!

For the second one - its the " I know you Rider" part that is appropriate, but i really like this china cat so I'm posting!

And, since Whoa is a Roxy Music fan - enjoy this:

Comment 15 Jul 2016

Whoa -  your hard work here is very much appreciated and you did a stellar job.  I have really enjoyed TIMH this off-season (its a welcome break from all of the Harbaugh threads).  I don't think the writing/concept got stale at all - this week was another example of diverse and interesting selections.  I was out last week on a family vacation or I would have posted more.  I think the reduced amount of posts had to be impacted by the fact that TIMH does not appear on active discussions or recent posts anymore (i.e, the regulars know how to find it but hard to attract new participants).   Appreciate everything you did (and JCL before you).  I have enjoyed the discussions on this site (Buckeyes, Music, flim and Golf just about cover it for me!). Of  course, I understand the need to take a break and totally respect it. 

And, of course, It was clear that you had posted this one prior to the tragedy. 

Comment 13 Jul 2016

Good one Whoa.  When i was a kid, i probably first became familiar with him through the liner notes on various albums (Song Remains the Same, Lynyrd Skynyrd -  One More from the Road,  Frampton Comes alive).  I was thinking -- who is this cameron crowe guy?  he gets to work with all of these great bands! 

Here are the links to those liner notes from his site that Grateful referenced above:





Comment 12 Jul 2016

Always nice when i learn something new and all of this is very informative, as I have never listened to Dream Theater and not familiar with John Petrucci. I also didnt realize that Steve Morse is from Ohio!  And I really like that Purple Rain cover.

 Any recommendations for Dream Theater albums?

Comment 11 Jul 2016

Good one whoa - i learned a lot.  never been much of a Bon Jovi fan, but i generally wouldnt turn the station if a bon jovi song came on.  That is indeed a nice cover of When a blind man cries.  Interesting background on that song (i understand that Ritchie didnt like it so it wasnt played by Deep Purple until after Ritchie left, becoming a live staple during the Steve Morse years).

Here is another solid cover:

Comment 06 Jul 2016

I wish i could attend - music, the buckeyes and golf just about cover things for me!  In fact, i'm on vacation with my family this week in San Diego and just finished a round on the Torrey Pines South Course, which was fantastic!

Comment 30 Jun 2016

yep - another good one Whoa. Great work and a great choice. Sorry I'm late-- played golf today!  

Love Wilco and thought that this was a good album. Always a good live band- - have seen them a few times at clubs in NYC and once at MSG opening for Neil Young (Norah Jones joined them for a song or two).  I highly recommend Kicking Televisions (live), which is an awesome album. 

Comment 29 Jun 2016

When you got the album as a gift, had you heard of him yet?

Definitely had not heard of him. It may have been '75, after the Time/Newsweek covers.   I probably didnt appreciate it for a couple of years - '75 I was listening to my other birthday presents:  Frampton Comes Alive, Kiss Alive, Band on the Run. 

In '78, only reason i went out and got tickets was because i had been in NYC in the summer and when i was getting tickets for Black Sabbath w/Van Halen at the Garden, there were people camping out hoping for more Springsteen shows.  I knew he was playing Columbus in the fall and figured i better check him out

Comment 29 Jun 2016

Another good one Whoa! Been a fan of Bruce since 1976, when i got Born to Run as a birthday present.  His show at Vets in 1978 on the Darkness tour is still one of the best I've ever seen.  I saw him twice on the River tour and then twice on the Born in the USA tour.  

Born in the USA is not one of my favorite Bruce albums and some of those songs just got overplayed too much, but there are still some great songs on it. The first leg of the tour, which i saw at Riverfront was great -- similar set to the ST Paul show (I remember Street Fighting Man, which was stellar). I also really enjoyed the Nebraska songs live. I also saw a show on the second leg, after the album exploded, at Cleveland Stadium and, by that time, he dropped Jungleand, Backstreets, Prove it all night and Rosalita from the set.  Still a nice show, but I'd rank it behind all of the others I saw.  I was happy that Bruce had achieved so much success, but missed the Darkness days when his fan base consisted of die-hards only.

I know that Whoa, and I am sure many  others here, are familiar with this show, which has now has been released online. I remember its broadcast very well,taped it and wore out that tape. I saw him at Vets about a month later. 

Comment 28 Jun 2016

Another great choice Whoa!  OK computer is one of my all-time favorite albums .   I have seen them a bunch in concert and Radiohead is one of those bands that you have to see live to appreciate.  I was fortunate to have seen them s at Radio City on the OK Computer tour and it was  an incredible show. I try to catch them any time they are on tour and have tickets next month at MSG.  I prefer the Bends/OK Computer era but they are still worth checking out.