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A Cool Interview with Alice Cooper from “The Quietus”…

ac3_top_hat_1258048591_crop_550x375And he talks about his album “From The Inside”. Hands down in my opinion his best work. Here is my review of the album.  http://www.kickacts.com/2009/01/18/alice-cooper-from-the-inside/

Here is an exceprt from the interview:

Apart from being your drinking buddy, Bernie Taupin also co-wrote From The Inside, your concept album about your time in an insane asylum. Please elaborate on that.

AC: Well Bernie was my best friend before I went into the hospital so when I came out I said, “Bernie, I’ve got a wealth of material. We have to sit down and write this.” I was in a mental hospital where every single character in there is a song. I started telling him about the characters and when we started writing the lyrics I would do one and he’d fire one back at me, it was like a ping-pong match of lyrics. It was fun, it was sort of like duelling with each other. And we’d always try to leave the other guy with one unrhymable last word, you know? [laughs] So Bernie and I would sit there and I’d tell him about characters like Jacknife Johnny, a Vietnam vet and I’d say “Ok, here’s the story – he married a girl, he came home, everybody rejected him and then on top of it they rejected him because he brought home a Vietnamese girl” and so it just started right there. And pretty soon we’d written a whole album like that

Here is the link for the rest of the interview!!

http://thequietus.com/articles/03216-dr-rock-love-and-poison-an-alice-cooper-interview

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Posted by Chuck Gee - November 16, 2009 at 8:01 AM

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Sunday mornings…

Well, it’s another Sunday morning. Just me sitting here thinking. I have two things to go over that tie together so hang in there with me, ok? Growing up I remember my Mom, every Sunday like clock work would put on a stack of country records on the record player and thoroughly clean the house. Not that the house was ever messy. When we were  little kids she had those “runners” that everyone used to had to have going through the house. If you are unfamiliar with “runners”, good for you since they had little hard plastic spikes that held them down to the carpet and if you ran your foot up underneath one of them it hurt like hell. But basically they where plastic strips that covered high traffic areas of the house to save the wear and tear on the carpet. We lived in a shotgun house on Second street (531 to be exact) and back to my story, our Mom would clean on Sundays’. She too, I am sure like every other adult had furniture no one was allowed to sit on either. She also had hand towels in the bathroom that were just for “show”. We couldn’t touch them either. Later on in life she had an expensive couch that her brother had given her that sat in the main living room. We weren’t allowed to sit on it either though we did we she wasn’t looking but I will get back to the couch in a few. So here I am as an adult. Mom is long gone to her reward and it’s Sunday. What am I thinking about?What she used to do. It was so important for her to have the house spotless. I tend to listen to old traditional country music like she did on Sundays and reminisce. I don’t miss a lot things growing up, well some I do some I don’t but I won’t go in to that now. And well, I also tend to way over think some things but I was just reflecting that all that hard work she put into the house and how she wanted it spotless and we couldn’t touch certain things like couches and hand towels and what happened in the end? The house is gone… Long gone too..Torn down to make a few more parking spaces for the Holy Name church. I stopped by the day a guy was stripping out the white brick fire place in the dining room as the house was being slowly dismantled and my memories were being taken away from me. We never used the fireplace but we had a warm morning gas heater in front of it. I used to run in there in the morning to keep my feet warm. I also hung out there after  a long day of playing in the snow. I would pull up a chair and put my feet on the top of the heater to get warm. It’s all gone now though. The heater, the pear tree and Her relentless Sundays’ spent fighting dirt and for what? A few days ago, I found a log book at work. It was from around 1999. It was for a small treatment plant in Pleasant view subdivision we had to take care of since the original owners had turned it over to us.We have to keep a diligent daily log of work in detail. This log book was from 1999 to around 2001 when the plant was closed and bull dozed over. .. I looked through it. I hadn’t seen it since it was “written”. I saw where I had kept details of what happened on a daily basis. How operations went, who was there, whether it was raining or not. Things like that. Every day was noted with the time, my name, lab results, plant conditions etc. And for what? The book is now irreverent like most things we as adults do. My mom dedicating her Sundays’ to house cleaning. Me keeping records in a log book that no one will ever look at. The plant is long gone the State is no longer interested in the records but I did it diligently too. Just like Mom did when she housed cleaned. The log book will eventually find its way into a trash can to buried in heaps of garbage like a lot of deligent things we do. It’s busy work. But it’s work. My mom never built any monuments, Her cleaning house has left me with fond memories. A house filled with music. Sure, we clean here too and keep it clean. But in the big picture. One day the house will be torn down and we will be long gone too. What did we leave behind? A worthless log book with old dates and tests results in it or did we contribute to the bigger picture? Mom never knew that her sundays would become my Sundays. even if that white couch her brother gave her that we couldn’t sit on eventually burnt up in the house fire…

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Posted by Chuck Gee - November 15, 2009 at 5:10 PM

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Many Thanks to all our Veterans Past and Present We salute you!

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Posted by Chuck Gee - November 11, 2009 at 3:06 PM

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Our local Rockstar Don Carr with “The Oak Ridge Boys”

Don has been with the “Oak Ridge Boys” as their main axesmith for about 18 years now. If you see them on TV or youtube, Look for Don, he’ll be in there somewhere!! Many Congrads Don!!

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Posted by Chuck Gee - November 11, 2009 at 8:32 AM

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Evansville Freethinkers

I have an interview in the works with the Freethinkers but until I get to it, check this out.

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Posted by Allen D. Tate - November 10, 2009 at 1:20 PM

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Thank you Australia. For busting Britney’s “balls” on lip-synching.

119-britney-spears-john-mayer-newsimageFinally someone or actually some Country as in Australia has stood up to these worthless fake singers. I admit Britney is eye candy for most but as a musician it really disappoints me that people with no physical talent continue to make a career out of it every day. If it wasn’t for auto tuners and alot of money for writers she would be an untalented nobody. Of course I can’t wait for her porn tape but that’s a different story. I have to agree with “The Fair Trade Minister for the state of New South Wales” that on her tickets and anyone else who lip-synches their shows in Australia  should have to carry a disclaimer stating that the “artist” mimes or uses prerecorded parts for their shows. Apparently Britney is upset that some of her fans and the media have been walking out of her shows. I say get over it Brit. Those people are paying between $200.00 and $1500.00 of hard earned money per ticket just to see you dance and that’s it. Maybe you should drop the BS and just show the world how well you don’t sing and put on a real concert…I say let’s knock all these fake artists’ off the map. She’s not the only one, listen to any “hit dance oriented radio station” and you can hear a shit load of them…I say,  if you can’t sing or play, go to the back of the bus and get a real job…

Here is the link to the article…

  http://omg.yahoo.com/news/britney-spears-upset-over-australian-tour-complaints/30887

Here is a reported audio clip of what she really sounds like off the board without all the electronics that correct her pitch.

 

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Posted by Chuck Gee - November 10, 2009 at 7:46 AM

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Concert Review: KISS Rocks Nashville

KISS Stage Before ShowtimeSay what you will about them but love them or hate them, KISS rolled into Nashville on October 28th and showed everyone they they still know how to put on a killer stage show. While I wasn’t as excited to see them this time as I have been on past tours, they caught me completely off guard and I think this was their best show since I saw them on the Revenge tour in Denver back in 1992.

I am accustomed to Gene forgetting the words to at least one or two songs at any given show but this time around, he was on fire. The only mistake I noticed from him was one obviously sour note during Shout It Out Loud. Color me impressed. I read reports that Paul was having vocal issues early on in the tour but by the time this show rolled around, those issues were a thing of the past. Tommy Thayer gave the crowd a little surprise by singing Shock Me. At first, the Ace fans were cringing but Tommy nailed the performance and I think he did it justice. During the solo, it appeared that he was trying to do the “rockets into the lighting” bit but something malfunctioned and the rocket didn’t shoot. Eric Singer sang Black Diamond, which isn’t anything new, he’s been doing it since the Revenge days. The only thing that struck me as odd with Eric was that it looked like he was reading a teleprompter during the chorus of Say Yeah. I’ve never seen Eric rely on a crutch so that was weird. They only played two tracks from their new album Sonic Boom. Modern Day Delilah & Say Yeah. I dig MDD, SY, not so much.

Paul during Love GunAll in all, the whole deal was well worth the price of admission. (For the record, my buddy John Hamilton bought my ticket on the condition that I drive.) After having seen them almost completely fill Sommet Center, I don’t see them slowing down any time soon. If you get the chance to catch them on this tour you ought to go see them.

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Posted by Allen D. Tate - November 8, 2009 at 7:12 PM

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Owensboro Executive Inn Rivermont Implosion

(Guest submission by my son, Ian.)

This is the implosion of the Executive Inn Hotel in Owensboro, Ky. Sorry for the crappy quality. This was taken on my cell phone, an LG VX 8300, because my camera died a few minuted before the implosion was scheduled to happen.

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Posted by Allen D. Tate - November 8, 2009 at 5:52 PM

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WTF…Woody’s burnt down…

http://www.14wfie.com/Global/story.asp?S=11465681

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Posted by Chuck Gee - November 8, 2009 at 5:21 PM

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JOE PERRY Says STEVEN TYLER ‘Quit’ AEROSMITH

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AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry told the Las Vegas Sun on Friday (November 6) that singer Steven Tyler quit the band following a recent concert in Abu Dhabi.

Steven quit as far as I can tell,” Perry said. “I don’t know any more than you do about it. I got off the plane two nights ago. I saw online that Steven said that he was going to leave the band. I don’t know for how long, indefinitely or whatever. Other than that, I don’t know.”

Here’s the link

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=129987

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Posted by Chuck Gee - November 7, 2009 at 3:13 PM

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