What a dayâ¦ Thanks so much for joining us for Bob Kellerâs 30th Anniversary Soiree.Â The music was incredibleâ¦ and the weather was gorgeous.Â Yes, the food line extended to Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, but if we had Food Trucks every thirty feet, it still would have been packed.Â As you know, this was promoter Big Mike Balmaâs last Heritage Festivalshow.Â Heâs staged exciting, affordable blues concerts at various venues for the past 20 years.Â Thereâs a reason the beer is 3 bucksâ¦. And the giant pulled pork sandwiches will set you back five.Â Itâs because of Mike, whoâs turned over all proceeds from these shows to help music programs in local schools.Â Have we been spoiled with 10 and 20 dollar blues concerts?Â Yes.Â And it remains to be seen what Mike will do.Â But the blues fans are not extinct, and I have a feeling Big Mike will find a way to entertain them againâ¦. down the road.
Steven Tylerâs new memoir Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? Â has been called the rock memoir to end all rock memoirs.Â It hits stores May 3rd via Harper Collins, and Mr. Tyler is promising tales of âdebauchery, sex and drugs.âÂ He previously wrote about his life in the 1997 Aerosmith memoirWalk This Way,but a few things have happened to him since then.Â Letâs see.. he split with his second wife, got admitted to rehab clinics, underwent throat surgery, disclosed his Hepatitis C, endured a public feud with his bandmates, and became a host of American Idol in the past 14 years.Â Steven calls the book âthe unbridled truth, the in-your-face, up-close and prodigious tale of Steven Tyler straight from the horseâs lips.âÂ I canât wait.
That the Barry Bonds trial is actually taking place in downtown San Francisco is somewhat comical to me. Â I mean, if itâs in Beverly Hills, this is a different story.Â Philadelphia?Â Thatâs automatic prison.Â But here in the City by the Bay?Â Apparently prosecutors think these jurors couldnât care less that the guy in the hot seat has worn the uniform of the World Champions of Baseballâ¦Â Hilarious.Â Do you mean to tell me youâve found 12 people who say they havenât heard of BALCOâ¦or Bonds?Â Of course, according to that Newsweek storyâ¦ a third of Americans donât know who the Vice President is.Â Yeah, thatâs who I want on my jury.Â Then thereâs Greg Anderson, whoâs done a lot of jail time for refusing to testify.Â Whatâs the upside for him?Â Good lordâ¦ there are guys in the Mafia who couldnât keep quiet this longâ¦
It was on this day in 1964 that the Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Showâ¦ and rock and roll would never be the same.Â 72 million viewers, at that time the largest audience in the history of American television, tuned in that night and witnessed the beginning of The British Invasion.Â One of my favorite rock docs is now on DVD, called The Beatles:Â The First US Visit by the pioneering Maysles brothers.Â Albert and David Maysles (who also shot Gimme Shelter) were given extraordinary access to the Beatles during their first trip here in February of 1964â¦ on trains, in dressing rooms, hotels, and in front of the press.Â The performance segments alone are a knockout for Beatles fans.Â It was a more innocent time.. but it was plenty exciting, and brother, it was magic.
Now it gets a little more intense.Â Round Two actionÂ Wednesday features Rush vs. The Eagles in a marquee matchup.Â Looks like Led Zeppelin will continue their march to the final, and AC DC would have to be a big favorite as well.Â I could be wrong, but the dark horse pairing that could light a fire among voters is Stevie Ray Vaughan against The Who.Â Roger Daltrey is already taking out a full page ad saying âBut Stevieâs Dead!âÂ If the SRV fans didnât burn themselves out in Round One, they could be trouble, Â Double Trouble.Â I can tell you there are five busloads of Texas fans checking in now at the Courtyard by Marriott.. and theyâre not smiling.
Rush fans took no prisonersâ¦ and ripped the heart out of last yearâs defending Superbrawl Champions, and sent Pink Floyd packing in a stunning Round One upset. Floyd was busy planning their parade routeâ¦ while Rush invited their fans to Brew It Up for the fabulous food spread. Â What other explanation could there be?Â Queen survived a scare from Kiss,Â the boys from El Cerrito, CCR took out Eric Clapton handily... and AC DC got into the second round by a single vote! Â In the remainder of Round One Tuesday, Aerosmith will battle the Stones, the Beatles take on U2â¦ and sparks will fly when Santana partisans have to deal with motivated Â Stevie Ray Vaughan fans.Â Donât miss a momentâ¦.
The New York memorabilia collector who just sold the white suit John Lennon wore on the cover of Abbey Road for $46,000, might have to cough up nearly half the proceeds.Â The collector, who also works as a psychic, is reportedly more than $21,000 behind in rent on his apartment, so you could see whatâs next.Â Yeah,his landlord has sued the Connecticut gallery that handled the saleâ¦ so he can get paid.Â Wait a secondâ¦ youâre a PSYCHIC? And you didnâtâ you see this comin?Â Hilarious.
I could be biased, but these could be the greatest first round match ups in the history of the American tradition known asSuperbrawl. All right, I got carried awayâ¦Â itâs a Sacramento tradition.Â As you can see on our home page, 16 dynamic pairings open the festivities January 31st, with each roundâs winners determined exclusively by your text votes.Â Yeah, there are no bye-weeks, Mulligans or free passes allowed.Â Odds on favorites to go deep are the usual suspects.. Pink Floyd, AC DC and Zeppelin of course.Â But Skynyrd likes to play spoiler, Bono has to go up against the ITune darlings, the Beatlesâ¦ and donât ever count out Stevie Ray Vaughan fans.Â Is the Rush love-fest enough to unseat Pink Floyd?Â And why do we pit Jimi Hendrix against Led Zeppelin?Â âCuz we can.Â And make no mistake, there will be at least one upset on Day One.Â Great vibes surround Queen these days, as theyâre celebrating their 40th anniversary.Â But their first round opponent is Kiss, whoâve never placed in the money in any Superbrawl.Â But I NEVER count out fans who are wearing makeup and tight leather pantsâ¦.
It wason this day in 1877 that Thomas Edison first applied for one of his many phonograph patents.Â Thank you sirâ¦ for opening the door to recorded voices, then music.. and eventually Classic Rock.Â My goodness, without the phonograph, thereâs no Robert Johnson Collection, no Beatles, no Stevie Rayâ¦ no Eagle Music Vault. Â And certainly, thereâs no A to Z.Â Oh the humanity.Â And of course for Bob, Kat, Charlie, Derek, Jim and meâ¦. well, weâd have to get real jobs.
Bad Company favorites are classic numbersâ¦ but when the real guy does the songs, youâd better see and hear it for yourself... this Friday night at Thunder Valley Casino. The Eagle is proud to welcome Bad Company with Paul Rodgers, the front man who made them one of the greatest blues rock bands of their era.Â Â And weâre thrilled that Sacramentoâs Larisa Bryski will open the show.Â Paul has been hinting that this may be the last go âround for Bad Company once their current tour ends next week.Â All the more reason to come out to the new outdoor amphitheater at Thunder Valley.Â Only a few tickets remain, so donât miss the chance to see these classic rock icons.
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I see that Rod Stewart will be performing on the Home Shopping Network on October 9th in celebration of the release of his new album, Fly Me To The Moon.. The Great American Songbook Volume Five. Youâll also be able to buy the new album that day, 10 days before it hits stores.Â Ohâ¦. Allow 8 â 12 weeks for delivery.Â Just kidding.
Weâve watched the Eagleâs Biker Bash go from a little charity poker run to what happened last Sunday at the venerable Horsemenâs Club.Â In addition to raising funds for the Domestic Violence Intervention Center, it was a great day to enjoy some first class bluesâ¦. From the likes of Tommy Castro, Ronnie Baker Brooks, the Fryed Brothers and Britainâs hottest young star, Joanne Shaw Taylor.Â Oh, and the food wasnât bad either.Â Letâs seeâ¦ how âbout a delectable pulled pork sandwichâ¦ or homemade lasagnaâ¦.or grilled Italian sausage with sauteed peppers?Â And ice cold Budweiser for three bucks?Â Yup, controlled chaos, and Big Mike Balma is at the center of it all.Â I donât know how many patrons came out to enjoy the day, but it was a big number.Â Thanks so much for supporting us.. weâll have details on the next big event soon.
Thanks to a fantastic group of Eagle Listeners who joined us for our Thank a Bration party yesterday at Loganâs Roadhouse on Sunrise.Â Our guests couldnât have been more graciousâ¦ it was a pleasure getting to know you all. Â Â And as for Loganâsâ¦. the servers, the food and the ambiance were absolutely first class, and we look forward to our next visit.Â Someone suggested we should do this every week!Â Iâm okay with that.Â Sometimes I feel the more connected we seem to be these daysâ¦. the less time we have to actually âhang out.âÂ This just inâ¦ human contact is still pretty cool.Â Please check outKen Berlingâs photos on our Facebook Fan Pageâ¦..
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Thereâs been plenty of buzz on Plundered My Soul, a previously unreleased bonus number on the re-release of Exile On Main Street.Â But itâs not the long lost studio track we thought it was.Â Â Itâs better.Â We hear that it was found without lyricsâ¦ and with no guitar lead.Â So this spring, Mick Jagger not only wrote and recorded lyricsâ¦ but he brought in Mick Taylor to lay the guitar parts down.Â Thatâs rightâ¦ Jagger and Taylor teaming up again nearly 40 years later.Â No wonder the song explodes on the radio.
I think Jimmy Fallon scored some major points the other nightâ¦ when he brought out Mick Jagger to talk about the re-release edition of Exile on Main Street.Â And donât forget, the Eagle invites you to join us for a 1-hour LIVE radio special on the Exile re-releaseâ¦..tonight, 7-8p on 96.9 the Eagle.
24/7 Wall Street has named Bono the âWorst Investor in Americaâ for the nearly half million dollars he and his investment firm Elevation Partners sunk into smart phone maker Palm.Â Â The financial journal says Elevation Partners is âarguably the worst-run institutional fund of any size in the United States.âÂ Okay, they made bad choicesâ¦Â of course this is hugely embarrassing for one of the best known rockers on the planet.Â But at least heâs put a lot of time and money into helping other people.Â Thatâs more than you can say about some other Â self-important attention whores.
Jim Marshall, a photographer who gave us some of the most famous images in rock and roll, died this week in New York.Â He was a favored photographer of Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin, and he was the only photographer allowed backstage at the Beatlesâ last concert in San Francisco. At left is one of his shots from that Candlestick Park show.Â He once wrote..Â Â âMy style is that I donât have a style.Â I never do anything the same way twice.Â When you see my pictures, itâs about the person in the photograph, not me â not the guy behind the lens.Â I want someone to see those people, not my picture of them.â
I hear that Ray Davies is still hoping he can reunite The Kinksâ¦but that itâs up to his younger brother Dave.Â Dave writes in a message-board post on AtlanticCityWeekly.comâ¦. âIf Ray replies to my Emails and addresses the outstanding business and creative issues we have, then anything is possibleâ¦ He rarely consults me on these issues.âÂ I donât know what it is about some familiesâ¦ things just donât work out.Â These guys are like oil and water.Â They never have gotten alongâ¦ they donât nowâ¦ and they never will.Â So the idea that there will be some kind of Kinks reunion is completely laughableâ¦ stop wasting our time.
Thanks for coming out to the Soul Blues Show of the Year, Sunday at the Horsemenâs Club.Â I think people will be talkinâ about this one for a long time.Â Big Mike Balma is the perfect man for the job.Â He books the acts, sets up the stage, works the door and does the cooking. Â Â All with a dedicated band of sous chefs, helpers and technicians.Â Oh, and he also is the emcee.Â It was a day to remember for fans of Johnny Rawls, Otis Clay, Earl Thomasâ¦ and The Original Soul Prophets of Sacramento, who were back on stage for the first time in 18 years.Â Itâs like they never left.
Big Mike Balma, creator of the Heritage Festivalâ¦ and Blues Promoter extraordinaireâ¦. may have outdone himself this time.Â In the âSoul Bluesâ genreâ¦ heâs bringing Â three bona fide headliners to the Horsemenâs Club.Â Youâll have a chance to see Johnny Rawls, Earl Thomas and the great Otis Clay of Chicago.Â Oh, and this Sunday will mark the return of the Original Soul Prophets, whose incendiary shows tore the house down at the old Samâs Hof Brau on J.Â And Big Mike has brought this show inside the clubhouseâ¦.Â Â and I can only think of one reason why. Â Â He wants to blow the roof off the placeâ¦. I wouldnât bet against it.Â Get tickets now at The Beat, 17th and Jâ¦ and R 5 Records on Broadway.Â Full down home BBQ will be availableâ¦ I recommend the Tom Nakashima âSoul Chop Sandwichâ..Â $5, while they last.Â See you Sunday at the Horsemenâs Club, on Longview Drive.Â Doors open at 1pm.
I wish we had a thousand Eagles tickets to hand overâ¦. as you know theyâre going to be pretty scarce.Â Once they go on sale to the general public this Monday morning for the Sacramento show in Aprilâ¦ who knows what will happen?Â But you can be sure that you have a chance to win a pair nowâ¦. for April 27th at Arco.Â Enter once per personâ¦ text keyword âEaglesâ to 45797â¦. weâll select a lucky winner Monday morning.
Some people take this as seriously as a heart attackâ¦ I guess thatâs what gets the adrenaline goinââ¦.Â Nothinâ wrong with that.
After an insane four days, some blown calls Â and Â near riotsâ¦. we have two experienced finalists for the 2010 Superbrawl Titleâ¦
The loud, in-your-face Aussiesâ¦ AC DCâ¦. vs. the most serious, intense Classic Rockers of our generationâ¦ Pink Floydâ¦whose fans have been up to the challenge from day one.
My guess isâ¦. It goes down to the wire.Â Fridayâs text votes will be tabulated from 10am to 5pmâ¦.
Creedence vs. Bob Seger (+3 Â½)..Â battle of the wild cards.. each with solid, loyal followings that only packed enough clothes for one dayâ¦.By the way, CCR's "one vote" win over Zeppelin made ESPN 1320's "Shocker of the Week.."
AC DC vs. Boston (+13 Â½)â¦ AC DCâs gotta be thinkinââ¦ âwho let you in here?â..Â it would take a miracle for Boston to pull this off, but theyâve surprised everyone all week.
Queen vs. Tom Petty (2 Â½)..Â Queenâs been cleaning house.. but Tomâs followers have fire in their eyesâ¦ could be a bloodbathâ¦.
Pink Floyd vs. Eric Clapton (+8 Â½)..Â Floydâs fans are the most intense, dedicated Â people on the earthâ¦ on the other hand, Ericâs got the coolest SmartPhoneâ¦. Donât count him out yetâ¦
Zeppelin vs. CCR (+8 Â½).. Fogerty pride runs deep.. the boys from El Cerrito will at least put up a fight..
Jimi Hendrix vs. Bob Seger (+6 Â½).. momentum is on Jimiâs sideâ¦ as his sister keeps reminding usâ¦
Eagles vs. Boston (+12 Â½)â¦ Eagles support seemed weak against Def Leppardâ¦ but they should win in a walkâ¦
AC DC vs. Fleetwood Mac ..(+7 Â½)..Â could Mac be the spoilers again?
Van Halen vs. Tom Petty..(+4 Â½)..Â Tomâs just havinâ funâ¦ but this matchup is not for sissiesâ¦
Queen vs. Foreigner.. (+9 Â½)..Â Â Queen embarrassed The Police so badlyâ¦ they threw in the towelâ¦Â Foreigner could be the next victim..
ZZ Top vs. Eric Clapton.. (+6 Â½)..Â Slowhand knocked off a former champion yesterdayâ¦heâs hungryâ¦ and that Clapton Sunburst SmartPhone still rocksâ¦
Pink Floyd vs. Beatles.. (Pick âem)..Â Floyd followers are organized and intenseâ¦. But the Beatles fans will come on in the last 2 minutesâ¦..
Top Seed Van Halen vs. Guns N Roses (+16 Â½).. underdogs have been making it interestingâ¦ yesterday, Fleetwood Mac took out the Stones!
Tom Petty vs. The Who (+6 Â½)..Â Townshend could parlay his Super Bowl attention into a slugfestâ¦ come on Floridaâ¦
Queen vs. Police (+2 Â½)â¦ Â see this as a coin flipâ¦ Kat will be canvassing Roseville for Sting..
Foreigner vs. Rush (+2 Â½)..Â Â take Rush and the pointsâ¦ their online quiz had plenty of followersâ¦
ZZ Top vs. Scorpions (+17 Â½)..Â Come on, Scorps timed their retirement announcement with SuperBrawl..Â sympathy voteâ¦
Skynyrd vs. Eric Clapton (+3 Â½)â¦ you pick âemâ¦ Skynyrdâs cult following is hugeâ¦ but Ericâs new Smart Phone is a monsterâ¦
Pink Floyd vs. Cars (+7 Â½)â¦ Floyd is oldâ¦ but theyâre wiryâ¦
Beatles vs. Heart (19 Â½).. The Mac took out the Stones yesterday.. anythingâs possible, especially late in the day, when people have had a few drinksâ¦.
Zeppelin vs. Bon Jovi (+21 Â½)â¦Â Odds on favorite again (yawn).. Bon Jovi will have to canvas the neighborhood for texters..
Journey vs. Creedence (+6 Â½)Â A coin flip among the Bay Area giants..
Aerosmith vs. Jimi Hendrix (+9 Â½).. Jimi and the points could be a lockâ¦ heâs the one coming out with a new albumâ¦and heâs DEAD.
U2 vs. Bob Seger (+3 Â½) .. The worldly ones have their hands full against the blue-collar heroâ¦.
Eagles vs. Def Leppard (+14 Â½)..Â Southern California darlings canât afford to get cockyâ¦ you know what happened to Martha Coakleyâ¦
Boston vs. Steve Miller (+3 Â½)..Â I like Steve and the pointsâ¦ heâs got fan equity after the Norton Buffalo benefit showsâ¦
AC DCÂ vs. Black Sabbath/Ozzy (+9 Â½).. Â itâs a walkâ¦ Ozzy would have to eat 50 bats to even qualify for the photo â op.
Rolling Stones vs. Fleetwood Mac (+7 Â½ ).. very intriguingâ¦ the Mac could sneak upâ¦ Stones have left Ronnie behind this tripâ¦
My brotherâs band, the former Sammie Award winners for âBlues Band of the Yearââ¦.Â will reunite its Original Members on stage for a one-time only performance at Mike Balmaâs Valentineâs Day Soul Spectacular.Â Other great acts on the bill are Johnny Rawls, Otis Clay and Earl Thomas.Â I hope all those fans who enjoyed the Soul Prophets at Samâs Hof Brau, the Torch Club and the Sacramento Blues Festivals will come out for the reunion.Â As you can see, The Beat, 17th and Jâ¦ has advance ticketsâ¦..
Thereâs more âactionâ on the Superbrawl than ever, and you can view some early gamesmanship here. I guarantee some tough matchups in Round Oneâ¦ and you guessed itâ¦ I hereby install Led Zeppelin as the odds-on favorite again this year.Â Of course, your votes will decide who survives and who goes home.Â Iâll post the âlatest lineâ on Mondayâ¦. Opening day of Superbrawl 2010, as we get closer to naming Â the Greatest Classic Rock Act in the Known Worldâ¦..
Donât miss Eddie Moneyâs special Acoustic Christmas Show at Harlowâs this Thursday night, December 10th.Â 21 and olderâ¦ itâs a benefit for Toys for Tots.Â Get tickets at Harlows.com, The Beat, or Dimple Records.
Anytime this weekend, you can text keyword TSO to 45797â¦ for a chance to be our guest in the Front Row for the Trans Siberian Orchestra Show at Arcoâ¦ Saturday night, November 28th at 8. Â Â Text once per personâ¦ for a chance to win two seats AND a gorgeous TSO Tour jacket, Â just like the one Iâm wearing.Â Weâll select a lucky winner Monday morningâ¦.
Yesterday, U2 played a free concert in front of the East Berlin side of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin during the MTV Europe Music Awards.Â They did a six song set with a surprise guest, Jay Z, on Sunday Bloody Sunday.Â The rest of the set included One, Magnificent, Beautiful Day, Vertigo and Moment of Surrender. Â Â The show was not without controversy. Despite the fact that it was a free show, to keep those without tickets out of the venue and to block the view from the streetâ¦. organizers put up a 6 Â½ foot wall. The real photo op would have beenâ¦ to see fans jump up and tear down that wall.
The âRock and Roll Hall of Fame Liveâ DVD, courtesy of Time Life, can be yours in the Eagle Club.Â This is a landmark collection of rare performances by some of the biggest names in rock from a quarter century of induction celebrations.Â My favorite guest appearance is by Prince, with his mind-boggling guest solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps.Â Â It was removed from YouTube for awhileâ¦ but you can see it here.Â Donât miss the end, when he throws his guitar up in the airâ¦ and it never comes down.Â The 3-disc set will be in stores tomorrow, November 3rd.
The November issue of Relix magazine has compiled its list of the 50 Greatest Concerts.Â Put together by musicians, promoters, authors and radio peepsâ¦. The number-one choice was the civil rights gathering on the Washington Mall on August 28th, 1963.Â It was the day Martin Luther King delivered his famous âI Have a Dreamâ speech.Â Among those performing that day were Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter Seeger, Â and Peter, Paul and Mary.Â The Beatles were second with their February 9th, 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, followed by Bob Dylan going electric at the Newport Folk Festival on July 25th, 1965.
Iâve heard that Crosby, Stills and Nash have had to postpone a few shows, as David Crosby continues to have throat problems.Â Same deal with AC/DCâ¦ Brian Johnson is recovering from a medical procedure.Â Aerosmith had to cancel an entire tour because of their health issues.Â I seem to recall Fleetwood Mac had to cancel in Sacramento when Stevie Nicks came down with something.Â It occurred to me that these acts continue to book tour dates as if theyâre still 25 years oldâ¦. Maybe it would help to not play 38 cities in 40 nights, when youâre close to 65! Even young guys like Riff Raff play a much more reasonable schedule.Â Places like Swabbies once a month or so.. 5 bucksâ¦. Everybody has a great timeâ¦ and no one needs to be hospitalizedâ¦..
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry appeared on Capitol Hill this week along with some of the country's top experts on Alzheimer's disease, cancer, genetics, post-traumatic stress disorder and HIV/AIDS.Â They were taking part in the Rock Stars of Science Briefing, making people aware of medical research and advocating for the importance of scientific inquiry.Â It reminded me of a new documentary I saw on HBO...Â Caregivers. It's a poignant collection of five portraits, each of which highlights the sacrifices and successes made by people experiencing their loved one's gradual descent into dementia.Â If you or someone you love is dealing with these challenges, I think this program may offer understanding, support and comfort... and you'll know that you're not alone.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame may be losing what little credibility it had. Â In his second year of eligibility, Stevie RayVaughan has once again been passed over.Â Seriously.Â Nominated this year are KISS, LL Cool J, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, The Hollies, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, ABBA, the Chantels and the Stooges.Â The list of those NOT in the Hall is pretty amazing....Â It includes Alice Cooper, John Mayall, Steve Miller, Chicago, Joan Baez, the Moody Blues, Peter, Paul and Mary, Rush, Journey, Yes.....you get the picture....
What a line-up at this year's Biker Bash...Â performers will include the Stone Foxes, The Fryed Brothers.... And the 2009 Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year and winner of the 2009 B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, Janiva Magness. I guarantee you she will blow the roof off the place (The Sacramento Horsemen's Club on Longview).Â $5 at the door this Sunday.
Jim Carnes wrote a terrific article in today's Bee.
The legendary Peter, Paul and Mary partnership has come to an end.Â Lead singer Mary Travers has died after her long battle with leukemia at age 72.Â The story is here.
Their incredible popularity in the 1960s is the reason a lot of young boys and girls...Â Â went out and bought songbooks and learned to play the folk guitar.Â Rest in peace, dear lady.
According to a new Zogby Interactive poll, we love Paul!Â Americans say Paul (27%) is their favorite Beatle, with John taking a distant second at 16% ... George garners 10% and Ringo 9%.Â Oddly enough, 22% of those polled say they don't like the Beatles.Â Conservatives (30%) are the most likely ideology to say they don't like the Fab Four, followed by moderates (19%) and liberals (9%) who say the same.Â Â 3% say they are not familiar enough to make a decision.Â I think this is the 3% that want to know what happens to the sun at night.
This reminds me of Paul's chat with Stephen Colbert, in which Stephen famously said..."my favorite Beatle was also Ringo, then George, then John, then Ringo again, then George Martin, then you."
Bring your friends for a great time this Sunday, September 20th..Â It's time for the Eagle's 5th Annual Biker Bash. Five bands on the bill.Â The perfect excuse to get together for a charity fundraiser, enjoy some fantastic music, and partake of Big Mike Balma's superb cuisine.Â I promise he'll feature the world famous Soul Chop Sandwich this time, along with some down home favorites.Â I'll have the menu soon.... Could be hot links, could be pasta... it'll all be fabulous.Â First 200 on motorcycles get in free, then it's just 5 bucks at the door.Â Sunday, noon to 6, at the Horsemen's Club on Longview Drive.Â Proceeds benefit the Sacramento Veteran's Resource Center.Â The Eagle's Biker Bash, sponsored by Holeshot Choppers and Performance, and Budweiser.
One of the great touring shows in the world returns to Arco Arena Thanksgiving weekend.Â It's great family entertainment that's part classical, part rock opera, part Broadway show...... with incredible storytelling and state of the art pyrotechnics that's become a must-see Holiday Extravaganza.Â Â Tickets for Trans-Siberian Orchestra's two shows (3p and 8p) go on sale this Saturday, September 12th. Â Their new double CD, "Night Castle", which hits stores October 27th, can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.com.
Back in 2005, a TSO fan in Ohio set up 25,000 Christmas lights to fire in perfect sync to TSO's Wizards in Winter.Â It's still an internet sensation.
The Wall Street Journal has alleged that Van Halen colluded with scalpers to rake in an additional $1 million during the band's fall 2007 tour.Â The financial newspaper reports that the band farmed out up to 500 premium seats - involving roughly 20 shows - to secondary ticket brokers.Â More here.
Don't forget.... You can only submit your tenÂ answers once.Â Take the Beatles Trivia Challenge... for a chance to win their entire remastered catalog.Â Then join us for the Essential Beatles Special on Sunday, September 13, for a chance to win the spectacularÂ Box Set....
We're revisiting Album Number 45 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time, Santana's Abraxas today at 2.Â Just a great example of how eclectic the San Francisco rock scene was in the late 60s and early 70s...Â rock, latin, jazz, blues all coming together on one killer record.Â Catch a replay tonight at 8, and hear our entire collection On Demand. Go to Listen, then Audio Vault, at eagle969.com.
It's impossible to overstate the influence of Les Paul, who died today at 94.Â He was a musician, inventor and broadcaster... who experimented with techniques few had even thought of, like multi-track recording, overdubbing and tape delay.Â Though he had no training whatsoever in electronics or music, he's been called Â "the Thomas Edison of the music industry", and he pioneeredÂ the development of the solid body electric guitar, which "made the sound of rock and roll possible." Joe Satriani said, "Les Paul set a standard for musicianship and innovation that remains unsurpassed.Â He was the original guitar hero, and the kindest of souls.Â Last October I joined him onstage at The Iridium club in NYC, and he was still shredding.Â He was and still is an inspiration to us all."
Farewell to Les Paul, a life well lived.
It's been said that one out of every 20 people under the age of 50 in the United States owns a copy of Dark Side of the Moon.Â It's one of those albums that seems to be rediscovered by each new generation of rock listeners.Â Why?Â Maybe 1973 was the year of rock perfection.Â Or maybe concept albums were all the rage.Â Or perhaps it was the unforgettable album cover.Â But there's no question, this was Pink Floyd at its collective best, with everyone contributing.Â Thanks to your votes, Dark Side tops the Eagle's 50 Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Catch a replay of the Dark Side story tonight at 8, and don't forget... next week is Honorable Mention week.
Though most of the members of the Eagles are not Golden State natives,Â the band's become synonymous with Southern California...Â and the monster Hotel California album examines all the highs and lows of the land of hopes and dreams.Â The result was the Eagles' biggest-selling regular album release, and one of the most successful rock albums ever.Â You voted it Number 2 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Catch a replay of the Hotel California story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at eagle969.com.Â Don't forget, next week is "Honorable Mention Week."
Led Zeppelin's fourth album didn't even have an official title.Â Also known as the "rune" album or Zoso because of the medieval symbols adorning the inner sleeve, it took Zeppelin from mere stardom to the stratosphere.Â It comes in at Number 3 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time.Â Most of the songs on it are classic rock staples, but all take a back seat to the band's magnum opus... Stairway to Heaven.Â Love to get your thoughts/comments.Â Â Catch a replay of the Zoso story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at eagle969.com
We give you the story of a milestone for both 60s music and popular culture..Â Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.Â It had a huge impact on the music world.Â Before Sgt. Pepper, no one seriously thought of rock music as actual art.Â That all changed in 1967, and after 40-plus years, this undeniable work of art remains one of the most influential albums of all time.Â It's Number 4 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time.Â Catch a replay of the Sgt. Pepper story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at eagle969.com.
The Wall, Pink Floyd's 1979 concept album about a rock star's mental breakdown, is a towering monster.Â Loosely based on the experiences of founding member Roger Waters, it's less a collection of songs than a single work, and many have called it the band's most ambitious project.Â It comes in at Number 5 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Love to get your thoughts/input.Â Catch a replay of The Wall tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at eagle969.com.
Released in 1980, Back in Black featured new AC DC lead singer Brian Johnson who replacedÂ Bon Scott who died months earlier.Â With the death of Scott, there were skeptics who thought this was the end of the hard rocking Aussie band.Â But surprise... Back In Black was a huge success, with no filler tracks.Â It comes in at Number 6 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Your comments welcome.Â Catch a replay of the AC DC story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at eagle969.com.
By 1968, the Beatles had done it all, Â seen it all... and they were close to imploding.Â But they found it within themselves to create a sprawling, double album, The Beatles (which will forever be known as The White Album).Â Â It comes in at Number 7 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Your comments welcome.Â Catch a replay of the White Album story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
It was a combination of rock, country, folk ... with superb harmonies.Â Â Sort of a Flying Burrito Bros. meets the Everlys.Â The Eagles debut was the beginning of a magic formula that made up the LA country rock sound that would take them right to the top.Â Did you have this in your Top Ten?Â Love to get your thoughts/comments.Â Catch a replay of the Eagles story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
The blockbusters are taking over... It's Mac Time. And Rumours, the second album recorded with the now classic line-up, would turn personal pain and internal turmoil into gold...Â and become one of the best selling albums ever.Â It comes in at Number 9 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Love to get your comments.Â Catch a replay of the Rumours story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at eagle969.com.
It's the Top Ten from here on in...Â Van Halen's first album, which set new standards for guitar playing, is one of the most successful debuts by a hard rock band.Â At least half the songs on it are still considered classics, and it comes in at Number 10 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Your comments welcome..Â Catch a replay of the Van Halen story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
Looks like the Best of the Best from here on in...The Beatles' Abbey Road, the swan song for the group that had reached the end of an incredible run...Â comes in at Number 11 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Â It was the last Beatles album to be recorded (although Let It Be was the last to be released).Â Abbey Road, along with Sgt. Pepper, probably the most immaculately produced Beatles work.Â Love to get your input.Â Catch a replay of the Abbey Road story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
It was mind-boggling stuff..Â Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix,Â one of the most stunning debuts in rock history... would become one of the defining albums of the psychedelic era.Â It comes in at Number 12 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Your comments are welcome.Â Catch a replay of the Jimi Hendrix story when you listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
In a three year span..Â 1969, 70 and 71... you could say The Who was THE center of rock and roll.Â Â They were at the top of their game, having taken the live performance of TOMMY on the road for two years.Â Everyone was wondering what their next move would be.Â Who's Next was the next move... a turning point in the Who's career as far as sound goes.Â It will become one of the defining hard rock albums of the 70s... and it enters the countdown at Lucky 13 in the Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Â Catch a replay of the Who's Next story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
According to Rolling Stone, this is the album that increased U2's stature from heroes to superstars.Â The Joshua Tree, produced and engineered by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, depicts the band's fascination with America... and is one of the world's best selling albums.Â It comes in at Number 14 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Who thinks it should be Top Five?Â Love to get your thoughts/comments.Â Catch a Replay of the Joshua Tree story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
The Allman Brothers may have come first, but it was Lynyrd Skynyrd who pretty much epitomized Southern rock.Â Their debut comes in at Number 15 in the Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Is this the album you've been waiting for?Â Love to get your thoughts/comments.Â Catch a replay of the Leh-nerd Skin-nerd story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com....
Eric Clapton, wishing to escape the superstar expectations that haunted Supergroups like Cream and Blind Faith, launches a band with several sidemen from Delaney & Bonnie and Friends that would form Derek and the Dominos.Â Â From these humble beginnings grew perhaps his greatest album.Â Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs comes in at Number 16 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time.Â Love to get your thoughts/comments.Â Catch a replay of the Layla- Duane Allman- Tom Dowd story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com
Houses of the Holy, the first Zeppelin album to not be, at least unofficially, titled after the band.... comes in at Number 17 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Some say this record may have been Zeppelin at its height.Â And that the band could have called it quits after this and still be assured of legendary status.Â What do you think?Â Catch a replay of the Houses of the Holy story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
Here in week seven, Pink Floyd graces the countdown for the very first time, with Wish You Were Here.Â Number 18 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder. Â Short on actual songs, the album is a marvelous production.... dedicated to their founding member, Syd Barrett.Â Love to get your thoughts/comments.Â Catch a replay of the Pink Floyd story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
Here in week seven, the heavyweights start moving in.Â Led Zeppelin, with their stellar debut album, coming in at Number 19 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Recorded not long after the Yardbirds disband, this marks the evolution of the New Yardbirds into Zeppelin.Â Â Love to get your thoughts/comments.Â Catch a replay of the Led Zeppelin story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
'Bout time we got the Stones on this countdown.Â Their debut on their newly formed Rolling Stones Records, Sticky Fingers, comes in at Number 20.Â Nearly every song has a drug reference, and it's Mick Taylor's first full length appearance on a Stones album.Â Love to get your comments/thoughts.Â Catch a replay of the Sticky Fingers story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
The Who's Tommy, the first so called "rock opera", comes in at Number 21 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder. When Tommy was first released, critics were split between those who thought it was exploitative... and those who thought it was a masterpiece.Â But there's no question that over the years, it has elevated The Who to a new level of prestige and international stardom.Â Love to get your thoughts/comments.Â Catch a replay of the Tommy story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
Still regarded as one of the groundbreaking albums of the psychedelic era, the Doors' debut Â comes in at Number 22 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Love to get your thoughts/comments.Â Catch a replay of the story of one of the most influential and controversial bands of their era... tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
Finally, a Zeppelin album appears.Â The sprawling double album Physical Graffiti, which included previously unreleased tracks from earlier recording sessions, comes in at Number 23 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Love to get your thoughts/comments.Â Â Catch a replay of the Physical Graffiti story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
Elton John's best selling studio album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, comes in at Number 24 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â It's rarely mentioned as one of the great double albums, but a lot of fans say it's the high point of Elton's career.Â There's no doubt that he and Bernie Taupin were at the peak of their collaborative efforts at the time.Â Love to get your thoughts/comments.Â Catch a replay of the Yellow Brick Road story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
We've broken into the second half of the countdown..Â the final 25 of the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Coming in at Number 25,Â Steve Miller's Fly Like an Eagle, from 1976.Â It was a commercial milestone for him, an album rock landmark of the mid 70s.Â Â Love to get your thoughts/comments.Â Catch a replay of the Steve Miller story tonight at 8,Â or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com...
This is the album that's getting a new life on the Aerosmith summer tour... they've been performing it in its entirety.Â Toys in the Attic comes in at Number 27 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â The title song, by the way...Â is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.Â Love to get your thoughts/comments.Â Catch a replay of the Toys story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
The low cost recording that would make Peter Frampton a household name has made the countdown.Â Still one of the best selling live albums of all time, Frampton Comes Alive, comes in Â at Number 28 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Love to get your input/comments.Â Catch a replay of the Peter Frampton story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
You know I was pullin' for it... Boston's debut album, which was the fastest selling debut for any American group at the time, comes in at Number 30 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time... brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Â Love to get your comments/input.Â Hear a replay of the Boston story tonight at 8... or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
I've seen montage after montage of Michael Jackson video clips since his sudden death yesterday.Â I still believe that his performance Â during the Motown 25 Tribute Show will remain one of the most electrifying moments in television history.Â And there were countless others.Â While I grew up in the Golden Era of Â R & B in the 1960s.... Michael Jackson singlehandedly took R & B/Pop into the stratosphere in the late 70s and 80s. We'll not see his like again.Â With all his eccentricities, he seemed to be a tormented soul in the later years of his brief life.Â Maybe now he'll finally find the peace he was searching for.
Van Halen's monster seller, 1984, comes in at Number 31 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â It's the final album featuring David Lee Roth..... who later left, came back, left, came back......Love to get your input/comments...Â Catch a replay of the 1984 story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
Coming in at Number 32... Tom Petty's first solo album, Full Moon Fever.... although he got a lot of help from his Heartbreaker friends, even George Harrison.Â It's the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Love to get your comments.Â Catch a replay of the Full Moon Fever story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
The album, recorded in a few days, that puts Aerosmith on the path to a brilliant hard rock career... their self-titled debut, comes in at Number 33 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Love to get your comments..Â Â Catch a replay of the Aerosmith story tonight at 8...Â or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com...
A third of the countdown is complete.... and the Eagles finally make an appearance.Â The monster One of These Nights from '75, the first of four consecutive number one albums for the band, comes in at Number 34 of the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Are the others waiting in the Top Ten?Â Who knows?Â Love to get your comments.Â Catch a replay of the One of These Nights story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.Â Confirmation of the Number 34 ranking has reached the Eagles, who are on tour in Europe this week... and I am sure they are thrilled beyond words.....
The first appearance for Elton John in the Top 50..Â Number 35 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time... Madman Across The Water.Â It was the first Elton John album on which Davey Johnstone played guitar.Â You may have heard that Davey recently played his 2000th show with Elton, so they've had a lot of history together.Â Love to get your thoughts... catch a replay of the Madman story tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.
The Boss, with one of the biggest sellers of the 80s... Born In the USA... comes in at Number 36 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â And almost unthinkable for a rock album, seven of the songs were Top Ten singles.Â Catch a replay tonight at 8, or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.Â Love to get your thoughts on the latest Springsteen entry...
One of the best debut albums of the 70s.....Bad Company, the first album to come out on the Swan Song label other than Led Zeppelin, is Number 37 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time.Â Although they were a "supergroup", with Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke coming from Free, Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, and Boz Burrell from King Crimson.... Bad Company would have more success than all of those groups put together with this first album.Â Love to get your thoughts...
The Beatles are up to their studio tricks with lots of orchestration, unusual sounds and instruments...Â Magical Mystery Tour comes in at Number 38 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Should this have been one of the Elite Eight?Â Or is it ranked too high?Â Â You can weigh in with your thoughts.Â Catch a replay of the Magical Mystery story tonight at 8...Â or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.....
A decade of working the Midwest club circuit pays off for Bob Seger, and Night Moves comes in at Number 39 in the Eagle's 50 Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time, as voted by you.Â I guess you could say he was a 15 year overnight sensation.Â Hear a replay of the story tonight at 8... or, listen On Demand at Eagle969.com. Â Love to get your comments...
It was a mass appeal album that helped change the music industry... even the rights of artists to own their own material.Â Damn The Torpedoes, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers comes in at Number 40 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Catch a replay tonight at 8... or listen On Demand at Eagle969.com.Â Love to get your thoughts...
The first Beatles album to appear is Rubber Soul..... at Number 41 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's Builder.Â I loved recalling the whole Rubber Soul period.Â I realized how lucky we are, those of us who lived through the British Invasion..... being a witness to the evolution of not only rock and roll, but of Radio in America.Â We got to see and hear it all... instead of just reading about it.Â Hear the Rubber Soul story again tonight at 8, or catch it On Demand at Eagle969.com.
Synchronicity, the last full-length studio album from the Police, comes in at Number 42 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time.Â It makes lots of "Best Of" lists, of course.... Will it stand the test of time as a bona fide classic?Â Would love to get your thoughts....Â Catch a replay of the Synchronicity story at 8 tonight, or go to Listen... then Audio Vault, and hear it On Demand....
There it is.. the album that turned Cream into a supergroup.. Disraeli Gears... coming in at Number 43 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's builder.Â Catch a replay tonight at 8...and we'll have it On Demand.Â Go to Listen on our home page.. and click Audio Vault at eagle969.com.Â Love to get your comments/input....
Pyromania rocks the house...and enters the Eagle's 50 Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time at Number 44.Â With the help of heavy MTV rotation, this is the record that puts Def Leppard Â in the stratosphere...Â but even without all the television presence, anthems like Rock of Ages and Foolin' still had the stuff to drive fans crazy...Â Love to get your thoughts on Pyromania....
'Bout time Santana got in there.... Abraxas roars into the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time at Number 45.Â Carlos and band Â were enjoying the afterglow of their sensational Woodstock appearance...Â Love to get your comments..Â Catch a replay tonight at 8, or you can get the story of Abraxas Â On Demand..Â go to Listen on our Home Page, then Audio Vault.. at Eagle969.com..
Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run, his breakthrough album from 1975.... comes in at Number 46 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time...Â Wait a minute..Â isn't this the album that put him on the covers of Newsweek and Time in the same week?Â It's in the Library of Congress for god's sakes.....What do you need to do to make Top 10 around here?Â Love to get your thoughts.....
It's believed to be the first significant double album in rock music.... Blonde on Blonde from Bob Dylan... comes in at Number 47 in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time, brought to you by D.R. Horton, America's Builder.Â I can hear the Dylan fans...Â "Should have been Top 5... what are you bozos thinkin'?"Â Love to get your comments.....
First appearance by Guns N Roses in the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time.... Appetite For Destruction has Â sold more than 28 million copies worldwide!Â It not only put them on the map.... it's still the fastest selling debut album ever.Â Where do you rank this in the Top 50?Â Love to get your thoughts.....
Coming in at Number 49 among the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of All Time..... Cosmo's Factory, Creedence Clearwater Revival. Â Â How do you feel about that?Â Â No less than three Top 5 singles... Number One on Billboard...Â Â Creedence was at their peak, with a run unmatched by any American band of their era.Â You could be asking.."What do you have to do to make Top 20 around here?" Love to get your comments here....
We're off and running.... The countdown has begun of the Eagle's Greatest Classic Rock Albums of all time.... as voted by you... Â Â At Number 50..Â Aerosmith's Permanent Vacation, the album that marked a turning point in their career.Â What do you think?Â Should it be ranked higher?Â Â Lower?Â Love to get your comments here....
It was an amazing time at the Woodsquawk All Star Music Festival at the Keller family farm off the 50 freeway.Â Of course we hosted the legendary classic rock acts, nearly non stop on the Rapid Rooter stage.... There was unlimited ice cold Tecate Light for our Eagle regulars, and then there was the food.Â As you can see here, once word got out that Chef Ptomaine was hosting a free buffet in the new "NauseaRama" food court, those on Varicose Beach made their way to the front of the line.....
Mick and Keith and company, who are staying with Brian Lopez in Roseville.... could not have been more gracious backstage.Â Don't forget, your $5 All Events Badge entitles you to the "Meet and Greet", the Eddie Fong black bean crab buffet, ice cold Tecate Light, a ride on the Pink Floyd airship, and a DVD of the entire weekend.Â Check in at the Eagle's Nest VIP Lounge, or go to YouGottaBeKiddinMe.com.
Be advised that the four lane off ramp to Woodsquawk.... goes from four lanes down to two lanes.... down to one within about 100 feet.Â Yes, there is a bit of a traffic back up.Â ..Â so be extra cautious as you approach, especially at night...
The crowds continue to pour into Woodsquawk.... A glorious weekend at the Keller family farm off the 50 freeway.Â About 1200 concert goers took advantage of the $4 blimp ride over El Dorado Hills, Folsom and Sacramento.....
Former Sacramento King Wayman Tisdale has lost his two year battle with cancer, and died this morning at age 44.Â His smile was as wide as the ocean, and he was one of those people that made others feel good in his presence.Â I recall sitting in a crowded staff meeting in our conference room.Â For some reason, Wayman was in the lobby on other business, and was about to leave.Â As he spots a large bowl of Doritos in the center of our conference table, he strides in, unannounced.... grabs a huge handful, smiles and says..."Don't mind if I do!"... and broke the place up.Â That's the Wayman I'll always remember. Rest in peace young man.
I know, 45 year old Randy Johnson turned back the clock and blew away the Diamondbacks..Â the NFL draft is this weekend, and the NBA playoffs are heating up.Â But the the story of the week is Susan Boyle...... the biggest YouTube sensation in the history of civilization.Â Her stunning performance.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY.. has been seen about a trillion times..... As Mark Blankenship wrote..Â "Her clip enacts a story that we want to be true.Â No matter how much we mock those we consider beneath us, it's much more satisfying to be reminded that everyone has dignity.Â That's because when we laugh at someone for being a freak, we're laughing out of fear.Â We're laughing because we want to prove that we are not like that loser over there. If we can shame the people who don't belong, then we can prove that we do."Â But maybe there's a little bit of Susan Boyle in all of us.....
This week in history, March 24, 1934... marks the debut of a radio program that launches a national craze.Â It's Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour, which featuredÂ amateur performers competing against each other..Â yes, the original American Idol.Â The show became an instant hit, drawing enormous audiences and attracting wannabe stars from around the country.Â Families sold their homes, and youngsters ran away to audition in New York, hoping to hit it big and pull themselves out of Depression-era poverty - but of some 10,000 performers a week who applied, only 20 were chosen for each broadcast.Â Many who arrived penniless were turned away and forced to seek assistance:Â In one month in 1935, some 1,200 people rejected by the show had to apply for emergency food and shelter.... And this was before Simon Cowell....
Jake Shimabukuro, the ukulele virtuoso who has reinvented the little four stringed instrument, has earned a huge following worldwide.Â He'll be appearing at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, 1075 E. 20th Street, Chico...Â Monday evening, April 6th.Â Â $20 General Admission...Â 530-624-8836
Â His While My Guitar Gently Weeps has made him a Youtube legend...... it's only been viewed about 3 million times....