Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year Everybody!

Just a warning up front. This isn't one of my typical posts and is probably more for me than you, but I wanted to put this out there. You've been warned.

For those that don't know this has been one of the most challenging years of my life. I lost one of my best friends to suicide, I lost my mother in law, and over the course of the year Jacki and I filed for divorce. At the same time I had one of my most accomplished years. I had a great year at work, was recognized by my company and sent to London to have dinner with Sir Richard Branson, I was able to record drums for a new CD (coming in 2010, hopefully), I played a sold out show on the legendary Sunset Strip at one of my favorite venues, and I was able to see my daughter graduate from high school and begin her journey towards becoming an adult.

As you've noticed I haven't written much this past 6 months. It's been a time of reflection, a time of solitude, and now a time to look forward. In a strange way I feel like I'm in the process of discovering or redicsovering who I am. And I must say I've been a bit surprised to find that I actually like myself quite a bit.

I've made lots of new friends in LA recently. I had one of my best birthdays ever earlier this month, I was able to follow my favorite band KISS on the road for nearly 2 weeks, and I find myself enjoying and getting more out of life than I have in years. I've also had more lasting memories in the past few weeks than I've had in years. And one of the most important things to me is I've been able to see so many of my best friends in the last month. Who knew I'd get to go to Colorado, Kansas, and Texas, and even reconnect with my friends out here in LA that I don't see enough. And all in a period of a few weeks. You all know who you are :-)

Today is bittersweet. It was supposed to be a day of celebration, a day when Jacki and I would look back on a milestone of 10 years together. Instead this first decade of the 2000's symbolically bookends our marriage starting with Dec 31, 1999 and virtually ending on Dec 31, 2009, and now the next phase of my journey begins.

I will look back on 2009 as a year of finality, too many endings, and too much death. Instead of an ending I see it as a close to a chapter. I definitely feel as I'm in transition and I hope 2010 will be the year that brings an end to the transition and a start of many new beginnings.

I'm now headed off with friends to ring in the new year. Good bye 2009, and I hope that 2010 brings everything you are looking for. I know it will be one of my best years ever!

Monday, November 23, 2009

You Wanted The Best... You Got The Best...

The Hottest Band In The World... KISS.

So for friends and family that are close many of you know I've had a hell of a year. As a bit of relief I'm going to be going to see my favorite band perform not once, not twice, but five times over the next eleven days.

Tuesday night I'll get to see KISS in Anaheim with my daughter Darian. We have 2nd row tickets on Gene Simmons' side.

When it's all said and done I will see KISS in 3 different states, in 5 different cities and I'll be going with different friends and family to every show. It's going to be the best 11 days I can imagine leading up to my birthday!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Seven Seraphim

This past Wednesday I was able to perform once again at the Key Club with Seven Seraphim. This time around we opened up for a band called Stratovarius. The show was a great success. I showed up about an hour before we were scheduled to go on stage and there was a line going around the block. On Ticketmaster the show was sold out.

So now I can say I've played a sold out show on the Sunset Strip. Those are some bragging rights I never thought I'd be able to have. We played better than our first show, made some new fans and I was able to be a rockstar for the night.

Here are some videos from the show I found on YouTube.

We've been bootlegged!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Intranet write up of my trip to London

IT Guy Scores Virgin Star of the Year Award and a Trip to London!

Congrats to David Howard for winning a Virgin Star of the Year Award 2009 on September 11th. This annual award is given to those that best embody the true Virgin spirit.

"I had the honor of representing Virgin Mobile USA at the annual Virgin Stars Awards Dinner in London last month," says David. "Just to name a few others there, we had Planes, Trains, Cosmetics, Mobile, Online Gaming, Soft Drinks, and even Space Ships. I met people from South Africa, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and of course the US. And to top off the event Sir Richard Branson even gave away a few trips to Necker Island. A great time was had by all."

Friday, September 18, 2009

Last day in London

This week we spent a couple of days in Paris, rode a highspeed train from London to Paris and under the English Channel, and then we are spending the last couple of days back in London.

Unfortunately we have no US power plugs here at the hotel in London so our computer and cell phones are dead, and I'm typing this from an internet kiosk in the Hotel. So we feel just a bit disconnected.

In Paris we saw the Arc D'Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Musee D'Orsay and walked up and down Champs-Elysees. All things I started to think I may never get to do. The Louvre was amazing and I could have spent 2-3 days in there if I had the time.

And yesterday was our Beatles exploration day, with trips to Abbey Road, and yes we have lots of pictures and even video. We left some graffitti on the front of Abbey Road studios and learned how to use "The Tube", which is London's underground subway/train transportation.

Tonight our last event will be the musical Wicked and we will be seeing it at the Victoria Apollo Theatre in London's West End. And tomorrow we get to go back home, which both Jacki and I are looking forward to.

I should be back online Saturday night and will post photo and video highlights.

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Jacki and I have been in London for the last few days before we head off to Paris. It's been a busy few days and it will only get more packed as we head to France on Monday.

I have lots of pictures to share and will have those online soon.

The reason I'm over here in the first place is Virgin Mobile USA selected me as part of their annual Virgin Stars. My reward dinner was with other stars from Virgin companies worldwide and with our special dinner guest Sir Richard Branson. Dinner was amazing and it was great getting to socialize with people from all over including England, South Africa, Canada, Australia, and even the US.

I'll get pictures and more stories posted soon.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Birthday to Darian

It's Darian's 18th Birthday today. Happy Birthday D, I love you!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Alice In Chains Listening Party

I haven't even recapped the Rocklahoma event and I'm already going to new events in LA. Monday night I got a text from a friend inviting me out to a listening party for Alice In Chains' new album, Black Gives Way To Blue, scheduled for a September release.

I landed back in LA Tuesday morning and then that night 4 of us went out to the listening party. The set up was nice, free open bar, free In 'N Out Burgers, and was set up in what looked like a modern multimedia theater. Two small screens flanking both sides of the stage and a very large screen in the middle.

I had never been to a listening party so I didn't know what to expect. As we walked in they had the video for "A Looking In View" playing on the big screen over and over again. One of either the marketing or label people got up and stage, welcomed everybody and then they played the CD with accompanying still visuals on the large screen.

The artwork accompanying the songs was distorted views of reality. My favorite was of an eclipse of the Moon covering the Sun, however the Moon was much larger than the Sun which is not a perspective you can see from Earth. Other distortions included two people sitting around a table with a child standing on the table that looked to be only 10" tall. Very fitting artwork for this band.

The CD is fairly steady consisting of heavy, dark material and material that started in the acoustic world. You would never notice that Layne Staley isn't on this material. Will DuVall, their new singer blends perfectly with Jerry Cantrell, and this material is fidelity wise an evolution of the band although the songs may not be.

After the CD the screen lifted and revealed Alice In Chains on stage in an acoustic setting. They were a five piece featuring Derek Sherinian, from Dream Theater fame, on keyboards. They ran through three songs and then left the stage. One classic, and the performance premiere of two of their new tracks.

Alice In Chains
July 14, 2009
The Ricardo Montalban Theater
CD Listening Party

Down In A Whole
Your Decision
Black Gives Way To Blue

They took our phones at the door so unfortunately I don't have any pictures from the event itself, although I was able to get a poster promoting the album, and a guitar pick.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Rocklahoma 2009 - Day 1

Terry and I made it to Rocklahoma 2009 yesterday. Nothing quite like coming back to the show and seeing familiar faces, and meeting up with friends we've made through the years at the event.

We arrived to the event around 3pm and once we got our wristbands
1. Age verification for drinking (check)
2. 4 day pass for event (check)
3. VIP Seat assignment (check)

As we walked into the venue Metal Church was wrapping up their set. We only saw one full song which ended up being a cover of Deep Purple's Highway Star. This also marked Metal Church's final performance as a band. It seemed a non event.

Next up was Anvil. I had seen their movie and although their music isn't the best I was looking forward to their set. Shortly before their show I bought their newest CD "This Is 13". The recording of this CD was featured prominently in their movie.

Sadly the Spinal Tap moments haven't ended for this group. Let's count.

1. They had no roadies and were loading their own gear onto the stage prior to their set. Spinal Tap moment #1.

2. Lips is their frontman and ran right out onto stage at the start of their set and then immediately tripped on a stair and fell on his face. Spinal Tap moment #2.

3. Lips is fairly chatty between songs, and he'd tell these stories that were a bit awkward. It's like the guy that tells a joke or story and the delivery is poor. Fortunately Lips is charming so although the stories were awkward you found yourself laughing anyway. Spinal Tap moment #3.

4. Near the end of their set Lips trips on the stage again, making for a total of 2 falls. Spinal Tap moment #4.


Soundcheck - This Is Thirteen

This Is Thirteen
School Love
Winged Assassins
Jack Hammer
Race Against Time
White Rhino -> Drum Solo
Metal On Metal

They were fun to watch and although their music isn't all that memorable I had a good time. However, I don't think Anvil did much for Terry.

Next up was Overkill, but we didn't see them. We were off to meet Saxon and Nigel their drummer. Out in LA one of the bands I'm in is called Spidersuit and features Pete on guitar. His sister married the drummer of Saxon a couple of years back so as we were driving up to the event and listening to music I noticed Terry had some Saxon on his iPod. A couple of emails and phone calls later we found ourselves backstage getting autographs and pictures with Saxon. A lot of fun and completely unexpected.

After the meet and greet we headed to the VIP tent and ate dinner and refreshed our beverages. Next up was Saxon!

I had maybe heard only 2 Saxon songs prior to the show, and I must say they put on a hell of a show. They gave the best performance out of all the bands on Day 1. Lots of double bass which was nice for me to see as a drummer and considering we had just met Nigel backstage, and since I'm connected via a couple of degrees of separation it was great to see them bring such a great show to the event.


Battalions Of Steel
Heavy Metal Thunder
Demon Sweeney Todd
Strong Arm Of The Law
Valley of The Kings
This Town Knows How To Rock
Dallas 1pm (Last minute addition to set list requested by Anvil)
Wheels Of Steel

Denim And Leather
Princess Of The Night

After the set Nigel texted me, and asked me how I liked the show. It was the surprise of the day for me and I had a great time. He said it was nice to meet me and Friday morning he heads back to England.

The final show of the day was Anthrax. Terry is a big fan but had never seen these guys live. I'd seen them a few times through the years so I knew they can bring a great show and this was the event I was looking forward to all day.

Anthrax's new singer is Dan Nelson and as the guys walked onto the stage Dan looked considerably different from the last time I saw him. He had a beard and looked a little more sinister, which is appropriate for metal. And Scott Ian had a full beard as well.

Their set had a slow start, the crowd interaction was poor and the guys in the band weren't hitting their stride. About 3-4 songs into the set they were getting into the rhythm of the show and Dan was working his best to get the crowd that had been out in the sun for as many as 12 hours to give some energy back to the band.


Got The Time
Fight 'Em (new song)
Caught In A Mosh
Safe Home
Room For One More
What Doesn't Die
(Birthday celebration for Frankie Bello. The brought out a cake and had the crowd sing happy birthday to him.)
I Am The Law

Whole Lotta Rosie (AC/DC cover)

I was standing by some guys we had met last year and starting with Caught In A Mosh we started some very light moshing and banging into one another. Only 3 of us doing it but fun nonetheless.

After the set I was able to get a Frankie Bello guitar pic, a Scott Ian guitar pic, and Rob's setlist. Considering the drought of after show freebies through the day it was nice to get some Anthrax after concert swag. Terry walked up after the set and was as hoarse as could be. Nothing like singing at the top of your lungs for 90 minutes.

Once Anthrax's set was over they showed the Anvil movie on the big screens. Terry hadn't seen it before so we stayed for the movie and were on the road back to our hotel shortly shortly before 3am. After a quick shower, and the after concert wind down we were asleep by 3:30am. Approximately 13 solid hours of rocking. Not bad for day 1.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Moving day for Darian

Moving D into her first apartment of her own in Santa Barbara. A big
day for all of us. Here is a quick pic of the front door.

She is what they call one of the Gillespie Cottages. A very fancy
name for a mult-unit four-plex.

Sunday, July 05, 2009


So they say you should not fear change. In the upcoming weeks we will be going through a series of life changes. Darian moves off to school on Tuesday, and by the end of July we will be moving out of our house in Santa Monica. A little downsizing, and time for us to start on our new journey, collectively and individually.

I can't say I'm looking forward to all of this change, but in life I've never been afraid of change. A couple of decisions through the years have significantly changed our lives and now 10 years later we find ourselves living in Los Angeles, having successfully raised Darian through school, and now we will send her off to experience life on her own. And in many ways we will be going through this new beginning and embracing new experiences, on our own, as she will do by herself.

Over the next 4-6 weeks I'll be moving from Santa Monica and will relocate into the Hollywood area. Only a short 9 miles, yet a world away.

Although this posting doesn't say everything, it represents one of those key turning points in my life.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson RIP

There really isn't anything to say about this icon that hasn't already been said.

I work in Westwood and my office window looks over the UCLA Medical Center which is where Michael was taken. Upon the news of him being rushed to the hospital and then later his death I was able to see helicopter after helicopter circle the medical center. At one point there were 6 different helicopters in my view from my office window, and traffic had backed up considerably. No matter what you think about this icon you can't deny his impact on society.

With that said I do remember watching the Motown 25th anniversary special and seeing the Moonwalk. The was a time before Tivo and DVRs, and we didn't even have a VCR. However to this day that was a performance that I'll never forget. I became one of the kids in elementary school that perfected the Moonwalk. That was a piece of joy and an unforgettable memory from childhood that Michael Jackson left with me.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

D's Graduating

Today is the big graduation day. It's hard to believe we've come this far and now she is getting ready for her big celebration and in less than 3 weeks she will be moving to Santa Barbara to go to college.

I'm very proud of her and hope nothing but the best for her as she starts the next part of her journey.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Spidersuit books multiple shows!

Spidersuit has booked a couple of shows. Here is a quote from Pete when I asked when was the last time Spidersuit booked multiple shows?

"The first time since '79. Remember opening for UFO in Odessa? We rocked!"

We are in the final stages of wrapping up our CD so with a little work, and a little luck one of these shows may be used as a CD release party.

These shows have been booked with other bands that are friends of the 'suit so these will be good full nights of music. And Tom, our bassist, will be doing double duty for our October show playing both with Spidersuit and Brainspoon.

Monday June 29th
Venue: El Cid - Los Angeles, CA
Featuring Spidersuit and Broken Ocean

Saturday October 3rd
Venue: The Puka Bar - Long Beach, CA
Featuring Spidersuit and Brainspoon

Scream for me Long Beach!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Back On Nutrisystem

After nearly 3 years I've decided to get back on to Nutrisystem for a bit. When we first moved to LA I lost nearly 35 pounds on Nutrisystem and I was able to maintain my weight for nearly 2 1/2 years.

The build up of stress, a job with a new company, and lots of traveling have quickly taken its toll. Although I haven't gained all of the weight back, I have gained more back than I was comfortable gaining. Today was my first full day on the program, and all I can say is I'm hungry!

On the plus side the food is much better than it was when I weaned myself off of the program back in mid 2006. I'm looking forward to seeing how much I can lose this time around. When I'm in town I've been working out with Jacki's trainer and I know that a combination of diet and exercise will yield even better results than when I did this back in 2005/2006.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

At my first Yankees game

I'm stuck in NJ but at least I'm getting to enjoy a game at the brand
new Yankee Stadium.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Lakers Victory

This was taken during the final minutes of the Lakers victory over
Utah. LA now moves on to the next round of the playoffs.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Goodbye Alberta

Jacki's mom, Alberta Weaver, passed away yesterday. Thankfully we had spent our spring break based with her a few weeks back and it was with a heavy heart that we return so soon.

Jacki and Darian left for Port Lavaca yesterday and I'll be flying out Tuesday morning.

Here are a couple of pictures of Jacki and her Mom taken on April 11.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

17 Again

Last night we went to see 17 Again the movie where Darian was an extra. She filmed her parts during the winter break nearly a year and half ago, and the move opened this weekend.

Shortly into the movie after Zac Efron's character turned 17 Again, we were able to see Darian, blue hair and all, run into Zac and she made a great disgusted face as he nearly ran into her. Total screen time was only about 2 seconds but it was great to see her up on the big screen.

A significant portion of the movie was filmed at Darian's highschool, however all of the Santa Monica highschool references were removed and replaced with Hayden High.

If you are looking for a light comedy geared around a 37 year old turning 17 again then go and see 17 Again, starring Darian :-)

Monday, April 06, 2009

KISS is coming to the US

But the trick is you have to vote on your city for them to come to it. The cities with the greatest amount of votes will get the show. So if you are in LA vote so I can see them!

Demand KISS in Los Angeles!
KISS in Los Angeles - Learn more about this Eventful Demand

View all Los Angeles events on Eventful

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spider Gig

Spidersuit will be playing at Juanita's in LA next Monday. Check out the killer flyer made by our bass player Tom Underhill. We've been working on our new CD and will be debuting some of the new material.

Monday March 3, 2009
5930 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

See you at the gig.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Cotton Candy

Jacki and I had just a "little" cotton candy today at the saddle ranch
after our lunch.

Monday, March 09, 2009

RIP BMG Music Service

You know those 12 CDs for a penny ads in magazines and newspapers? I just received notice that effective June 30th the service will be no more. Signs of death of the traditional music industry continue.

I've been an active member for over 20 years. I joined their CD program in January of 1989 when I was in high school and was so proud that I was able to build my original CD library on a budget.

This service also has the unique distinction of being a club that I've been a member of longer than any other. I originally joined in the mid 80s as part of their tape/album service and switched over to CDs in 1989.

If you are a member look for continued sales emails as they look to deplete their inventory.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Seven Seraphim

Wednesday night was a great success. We had a great turnout and filled the Key Club. After our show the attendance thinned through the night. Not great for the bands after us, but a sense of accomplishment that we brought our own crowd to the show.

For those that don't know the Key Club was called Gazarri's back in the 70s and 80s. Many of the hard rock acts from that period got their start at this club including Van Halen, Motley Crue and the club was prominently featured in a movie that documented the 80s metal scence called The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II. So with all of that said this was a big deal for me to play at this particular venue. Lots of history for my favorite type of music and some of the best shows I've seen since moving out to LA have been at this club including Great White, W.A.S.P., The Wildhearts and Bob Schneider.

I got to the club shortly before 5pm and had plenty of time to do load in. Around 5:30 they had mic'd up most of my drums and we were able to do a full band sound check running through the first half of Anastasia.

We had an hour and a half until show time so I met up with Jacki and Darian and we went over the Rainbow and met up with friends from my work. To an outsider it was an odd collection of people from rockers, to IT people, to some of the old guard from IBM and polished consultants from Deloitte. I know the Key Club was wondering who invaded their club once we went on, considering the atypical audience crowd.

Going into the show I was worried about the lack of rehearsal with our new bassist, but it all worked out. Only a couple of minor flubs here and there which no one seemed to notice. After the show I heard nothing but good things about the performance, and I even got props from some of the Key Club staff as I was loading out my gear.

After making the rounds and saying hi to friends from work and friends from the past it was time to move on. I wasn't able to check out the headliners Powerman 5000 since they were going on so late, so instead a group of us made it to a Karaoke bar down the street that had a live backing band dubbed "Corey"-oke, since the band members are all named Corey. We closed at the night there.

I work with quite a few musicians and they were teasing me about my after show glow which lasted well into Thursday. This was a great night and a show I'll never forget.

Seven Seraphim
February 18, 2009
Key Club
Los Angeles, CA

Lady Jade
Song Blaque
Dance In The Red
The Discordant
The Hand That Feeds

Debut performance of Seven Seraphim.
Guitar - Andrew Szucs
Vocals - Sam Terceman
Drums - David Howard
Bass - Rufus Philpot (Guest Bassist)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Seven Seraphim Tonight!

Tonight my band, Seven Seraphim, plays our debut concert at the Key Club on Sunset in Hollywood at 7:30pm. We are the first band of the night and will be opening for Powerman 5000.

Hope to see everyone at the show!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Styx at HOB

After getting back to LA late on Tuesday night, canceled flights, rerouting, bad weather, etc... it was back to the normal routine.

I got through the first day back in the office and I took an immediate diversion to see Styx at the House Of Blues with Brian, a friend from work. We spent a little too much time at his place before hand and missed the first few songs of Styx's set but were able to see nearly an hour and a half of their 2 hour set.

Styx has the distinction of being my first concert when I was 10 years old. Through the years I haven't followed Styx closely but I have managed to see them a few times, the last time being in Atlanta with Jacki and my other band mates from The Superlatives.

All I can really say about last night's show is Tommy Shaw is the man. I could not believe how strong his voice sounded after all of these years. He was signing songs that were recorded some 30+ years ago and he sounds better on them now than on the original recordings.

Fooling Yourself, Renegade and Come Sail Away were the definite highlights, with a cover of The Beatles I Am The Walrus being a pleasant surprise.

And after the show I was even able to get a Styx guitar pick.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Tributes to Shawn

Written by one of my good friends back in Austin. Kai and I worked together, played in bands together, and spent a lot of time working along side Shawn and enjoying life together.

Paul and I have worked together for the last couple of years and I've enjoyed getting to know him out in Los Angeles. We worked on projects with Shawn in and outside of work and enjoyed many a poker night resurrected from the old poker nights in Austin.

Thanks to everyone who has been writing and sharing both publicly and privately.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Shawn C. Dodd

Tonight I received news you are never prepared for. One of my long time best friends from Austin committed suicide Wednesday night. This is my third time to be exposed to suicide, a concept I'll never understand, and the first time from a friend this close to me. It saddens me to think how dark a place he must have been in.

Shawn was my first office mate in my first job out of college at pcOrder and we became very close when I lived in Austin. He even took over the room I was renting when Jacki and I got married. After pcOrder I had Shawn come and work with me at two other jobs and had the great pleasure of relocating him to Los Angeles for a few years to work for me at Helio. He was one of the smartest people I've ever known and I enjoyed each and every day I worked with him. I used to tell him he is my resident smart guy, and just having him around made me feel smarter.

Unfortunately we had a bit of a falling out towards the end of his time in LA, but in the last few weeks we had begun to exchange emails again and it seemed like I was talking to my friend again of many years.

Shawn was also a dear friend of Jacki's, taking her out in Austin when I would travel for business and looking out for her when I wasn't around. He came to our wedding and shared many memories with Jacki and I including dinners, concerts, and even vacations.

Last night Jacki invited me out to a dinner with her and one of her friends at one of our favorite spots, El Cholo. It was nice because one of my last great memories of Shawn in Los Angeles was he and I celebrating at El Cholo after giving a successful business pitch. This past December he sent me a congratulations note because the business pitch we gave became a reality nearly 18 months later.

We loved Shawn and will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

KEEL Reunion

Last night I saw KEEL's first reunion concert at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. This past summer I was able to see Ron Keel's K2 band perform at Rocklahoma and they played a Keel heavy set so I knew a bit of what to expect.

Tonight at the Knitting Factory was a Club Vodka event. Three stages, bands going round the clock and scantily clad dancing girls in the main room for the headlining acts. For KEEL's set they were wearing KEEL shirts. The club was packed and from where I was sitting in the balcony it was solid people from the stage to the back of the floor. A great turnout for this show.

I wasn't in the mood for hearing new music tonight but I was able to catch 4 local bands, some good, some not so good. One band that did catch my attention was Ritual Habits. Good classic metal with a chick bass player that held her own, although she looked like she might still be in high school.

The DJ began to announce some of the VIP's in the audience including members of Black N' Blue, KISS, Cinderella, Quiet Riot and others. Right before KEEL went on Tommy Thayer stood right behind me and watched the entire KEEL set about 10 feet from where I was in the balcony.

Jamie St. James from Black N' Blue introduced KEEL and the debut concert of the reunion started.

January 31, 2009
Knitting Factory
Hollywood, CA

Intro Music From - The Final Frontier
Reason To Rock
Rock And Roll Outlaw
Evil, Wicked, Mean And Nasty
United Nations Intro ->
Somebodys waiting
Speed Demon
Because The Night
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Medley: Electric Love -> Cherry Lane -> Let's Spend The Night Together
Raised On Rock
I Said The Wrong Thing To The Right Girl
Tears Of Fire
The Right To Rock

Joined by Jamie St. James (Vocals), Fred Coury (Drums), and Chuck Wright (Bass)
The Boys Are Back In Town (Thin Lizzy)

Guests leave and KEEL band members rejoin with Ron's K2 guitarist and a KEEL crew guy
We're An American Band (Grand Funk Railroad)

Ron sounded great on vocals but the set was troubled with some sound problems and you could barely hear Bryan Jay's lead guitar. KEEL is heavy on the double solos so missing half of the harmonies was a minor disappointment. Near the end of the set Bryan's guitar was finally loud enough to be heard.

I must admit the set list was a bit of a surprise. I was expecting a heavier set focused on material from Lay Down The Law and The Right To Rock. Instead the set covered their entire career with tracks from every album including the surprising set opener Reason To Rock off of their 6th album Back In Action released in the mid 90's.

Highlights of course included the hits The Right To Rock, they even brought out the kid from the video although he is no longer a kid, and Tears Of Fire. Other highlights included Raised On Rock featuring Dwain Miller on the Michael Des Barres vocals, and of course my all time favorite KEEL song Rock And Roll Outlaw.

They just announced a set on the mainstage at Rocklahoma this year so I'm hoping for a slightly heavier set with some more songs off of Lay Down The Law and The Final Frontier. The band looked and sounded great but you can tell it may take just a few shows before they are comfortable in front of an audience again. The band gave us our money's worth playing a setlist you couldn't predict and closing out the show with special guests at around 2:15am.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Darian was accepted

I just found out that Darian received an acceptance letter from Brooks yesterday. Assuming the tour we take of the campus in February works out it looks like Darian has decided on a college. Hard to believe she is about to leave us to go to school. She will start in July.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pic from Virgin Mobile Party

Here is a picture of Jacki and I from the Virgin Mobile Holiday/New Year Party (yes, way late) last night. The party was at Kress a happening Hollywood hot spot. We had a great time and were able to mix and mingle with the Virgin crowd and make some new friends and hang out with some old ones.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Art Of The Callous

Last night was my first serious band practice in nearly a month. I had only played drums once in the last two weeks and now it's time to prepare for our big show at the Key Club.

Well, about an hour entire rehearsal last night I noticed my right hand was beginning to hurt. Blisters were forming, pain was entering into my playing and then I realized, my drum callouses were gone.

I'll have to get into a callous building regimen this week and begin practicing on the electronic kit this week after work. Time to build up the callouses. This is the first time in over a year where my hands went and got soft on me.

Monday, January 19, 2009

I'm so proud of D

Tonight Darian, Jacki and I had a phone screen with Brooks Institute. She is looking at Photography as her major and a career and The Brooks Institute made her short list.

The interview lasted about 90 minutes and we covered everything from an overview of the school, to questions about how we think Darian will do in a college environment, to financial aid and the application process.

Darian did great. She answered every question with passion and enthusiasm. At the end of the call the interviewer congratulated Darian and wants to invite her to proceed with the application process. She filled out the start of the application and we paid the application fee. The next step is a one on one follow up interview for Darian.

On Feb 21 we will go to Santa Barbara to go to an open house of the school and check out the different campuses.

You can check out Darian's amazing photos at

Friday, January 16, 2009

It's only 3 degrees outside

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Thursday, January 15, 2009


Here is a picture of snow outside my hotel window in NJ this morning.
Not a sight I'm used to seeing.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Vegas Day 2

Today has been good so far. We ordered room service this morning and
had one of our best breakfasts ever.

D and Jack napped this morning and they joined me at a Sopranos slot
machine. I put in 20 bucks and went away with 144 bucks. That win
covered my losses for last night and then some.

We then went to the Bodies The Exhibition exhibit which is something
Jacki really wanted to do. I don't do well with body parts but held
up until the circulatory/digestive system part of the exhibit. At that
point I felt sick and had both sweats and felt cold. A few minutes of
sitting down allowed me to get well again. We finished off the
exhibit with fetuses and embryos.

At the end we got a cool hologram image with skeletons. I will post
it once we get back.

Once back to the hotel we got a lite meal and then Jacki played some
slots. I finished off at roulette and after 2 days we are ahead.

Tonight we have dinner on top of the hotel in the foundation room.

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A view from our room

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