I just got the most interesting email from The Who Fan Club. Yes, I love them that much! Here’s the skinny:ROGER DALTREY TO PERFORM THE WHO’S LEGENDARY “TOMMY” ALBUM FROM START TO FINISHPLUS A VARIETY OF THE WHO’S CLASSICS - AND MOREOn the heels of his recent sell out performance at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, ROGER DALTREY is now taking The Who’s legendary rock opera TOMMY on the road.
The last time The Who toured Tommy live was in 1989. In the upcoming tour, Roger is pulling out all the stops with his stunning young band - Frank Simes (guitar), Scott Deavours (drums), Jon Button(Bass), Loren Gold (Keyboards) and SIMON TOWNSHEND, younger brother of PETE, (guitar) – and employing an exciting new array of visuals.
TOMMY is not only one of the most acclaimed and defining works of the rock era, it is an enduring album that resonates on radio to this day where it has found multi-generational appeal. Inducted into The Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998, the 20 million-selling double album also spawned a successful 1975 film of the same name--with DALTREY playing the title role--which re-underlined its place in the cultural firmament.
Commenting on the tour, Pete Townshend says ''Great to see Roger performing TOMMY with his band in 2011. I will be there in spirit and Roger has my complete and most loving support. Roger is touring his unique concert version of TOMMY using his faithful presentation of the original work as the backbone for a set of wider material. It is wonderful to hear the way Roger and his new band re-interpret the old Who songs.''
Throughout this tour, songs such as “Pinball Wizard,” “The Acid Queen,” “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” promise to transport attendees into the world of this classic album with shuddering intensity and poetic power.
When DALTREY and his band performed TOMMY at the Royal Albert Hall, The Independent called the show “a faithful reading... The stand-outs, ‘I'm Free,’ ‘See Me, Feel Me’ and the anthemic climax of ‘We're Not Gonna Take It’ are rousing.” Afterwards the Who blogosphere was alight with comments from long standing fans lucky enough to see the show. These included comments like ''Roger nailed Tommy'' and ''Last night’s concert was the best I've ever seen - what a great band!”
Roger describes the show and visuals as ''A Tommy Show for today's audience from a different perspective.''
“TOMMY, an album that tells a story about a “deaf, dumb, and blind boy” who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, will always be seen as a turning point for the band,” adds DALTREY. “Within it, I found the new voice of The Who and the band found its stride in making that music, adjusting it, using all that knowledge that we had from jazz and the blues into making it work in a rock way.”
Tour dates, cities and venues:
3-Jul ALCESTER RAGLEY HALL
4-Jul GATESHEAD SAGE
6-Jul GLASGOW CLYDE AUDITORIUM
7-Jul MANCHESTER BRIDGEWATER HALL
9-Jul NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CENTRE
10-Jul NEWPORT CENTRE
12-Jul BRISTOL COLSTON HALL
13-Jul SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILLION
15-Jul GUILDFORD GUILFEST
16-Jul HAMPSHIRE BROADLANDS
17-Jul HARROGATE RIPLEY HOUSE
19-Jul HULL CITY HALL
21-Jul LONDON INDIGO 02
22-Jul NORWICH BLICKLING HALL
24-Jul EXETER POWDERHAM CASTLE
Okay, now to get to the UK...there's always something.
"The King's Speech" was the big winner at yesterday's Baftas, Britain's Oscars. The story of King George the Sixth's attempt to overcome his stutter picked up seven awards, including best film, best actor and best support actor and actress.
I went to see the movie yesterday afternoon and the theater was almost full for a 1:45 p.m. showing. Now I understand why. It's a really great movie. The acting, the plot (a true story), and the little details were compelling. One of the things I appreciated about it was the "wireless" (radio) equipment in the scenes featuring the BBC. Geeky of me, but very interesting for a person in radio.
The drama also leads the nominees at the Oscars with 12. The Oscar awards will be handed on February 27th.
Now I need to see "True Grit."
I'm late in seeing this movie, but what a ride! Loved the cast, loved the concept, LOVED the special effects and sound. Interesting plot and I won't go into my theories about it in case you haven't seen it yet. Christopher Nolan has another mind twisting winner on his hands. Plus, some of the most creative fight scenes ever. Defying gravity. Cool.
Leo, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine...all solid in their roles. But BRING ME TOM HARDY! Something about this guy just makes me sweat. He's got the most amazing voice too.
I saw "Inception" last night on the IMAX screen at Bridgeport Cinemas. WOW! I even love watching the previews on the IMAX screen. It's big, loud and powerful. I have to confess that I don't like the 3-D IMAX movies. Really, I don't like them. There's too much to take in, plus my depth perception is totally messed with and I hate having to wear the glasses to see the movie. That's why I got Lasik surgery for crying out loud!
I may have to see this one again. I have a theory about the ending, and it's one of those movies that deserve a second viewing.
I have to say that this Mother's Day weekend was one of the best ever.Â I've had wonderful Mother's Day celebrations where we had my moms and grandma (one mom, and all grandmas now enjoying French Roast coffee in heaven) on hand to have dinner with us, or bar-b-cue, or whatever, and those memories are wonderful.Â This year however, it was all about me, and I must say, it was SPLENDID!Â Â This is not always the case for my birthday which is in December.Â I am nowÂ Â moving my birthday to the same day as Mother's Day so it's just easier for everyone involved, and usually it's better weather.Â That's a plus.
Even with some lingering health issues that came over me last week, this was a kick ass, Mother Lovin' weekend.Â My brother and his beautiful wife sent me flowers.Â It was so unexpected and sweet that I blubbered all over the petals as I was arranging them in my favorite vase.Â Marty took me to the Frank Lloyd Wright house at the Oregon Garden on Saturday afternoon.Â I've been there before, but never inside because of private functions or whatever going on at the same time that I wanted a tour.Â Â I also went to Powell's with my friend Chris who also adores books.Â We in Portland truly are blessed to have Powell's Book City.Â I'm glad I only allowed for 90 minutes there or I would have gone way over budget.Â So many books, so little time.
I was also treated to a trip to the store to pick out some flowers and potting soil.Â I love gardening, but can't do the crazy stuff like pulling out stumps like I used to do.Â Hernias!Â Pffft.Â What a thing.Â Anyway, it was cool to just point and choose and come home and plant, creating instant beauty around the house.
Then to top it off, George Thorogood played the Roseland on Mother's Day night and I went to the showÂ with my son, Alec.Â Â We have this long standing tradition of seeing George Thorogood together.Â From the time he was in second grade and we saw GT rock the LB Day Amphitheater, dropping "F" bombs that Alec would no doubt bring back to his Little League team, and rocking us like crazy...to the time we saw GT&theD's open for ZZ Top at the Rose Garden trying not to watchÂ the couple who needed to get a room in front of us...to the VERY MEMORABLE 2010 Mother's Day show at the Roseland...it was a blast each time.Â The fun part of this last Sunday is that we got to go backstage and meet with George.Â
George Thorogood knows how to enter a room...with great presence and rock attitude!Â He also has wonderful wisdoms that he passes along when you meet him or interview him.Â This time it was a book recomendation.Â "The Tender Bar" by J.R. Moehringer.Â He told my son to read it.Â It was about a boy becoming a man and how his mom was there for him.Â George said his mother-in-law gave it to him, and every man should read it.Â
Other wisdoms from the evening include tips for everyone meeting a rock star which I will now pass along so that you don't embarrass yourself when finding yourself backstage with a legend.
1. Do not ask to have body parts signed.Â While some guys will really enjoy this, and I myself have autographed limbs of muscular men, it's sort of strange.Â Also usually messy.Â
2. Do not interrupt the rock star when they are telling a story or talking to someone else.Â We are there to see them.Â They are allowing us to come into THEIR space before (or after) a show, and if you are too drunk or obnoxious you will then drool your bad karma all over the rest of us who are attempting to be interested and interesting.Â Also do not yell.Â They have a night's worth of loud music to deal with.
3. Don't grab the rock star's ass after they have agreed to a hug.Â In fact don't ASK for a hug.Â If the star wants to hug you, they will.Â Most times shaking hands is cool enough.Â Sometimes they will take a picture with you.Â Other times they will even allowÂ autographs as well.Â Don't beÂ selling that on e-bay and making it worse for us who try to get these rare items signed so we can raise funds for charity.Â That is karma that you will have a hard time getting rid of.Â I'll pray for you.
4. Take a photograph in your mind of the moment and the people in the room.Â Some people have met so many celebrities that it is no longer a big thrill.Â I have yet to get to that point.Â My heart starts beating faster, I know my face flushes, and I'm just so happy to be in the room with someone I admire.Â It's rich and wonderful.Â Enjoy it.Â
5. Don't be too cool for the room, be just cool enough.Â Â Show your appreciation.Â Â You know what I mean.Â If you don't, then don't go backstage.
6. Do not make your boyfriend/girlfriend jealous by being too gushy all over rock star.Â Again, not cool.
7. If you won a prize like an electric guitar signed by the artist, and if you are awesome as this guy, listener David Gilroy, not only will the artist sign the guitar, he will play a couple of tunes on it so that you can SEE that it was played by rock royalty.Â Our KGON listeners rock!Â
George Thorogood always gives the audience his best, which was advice he got from the one and only Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee Clipper.Â Yes, that's how incredibly cool George is, he got advice from Joe DiMaggio.Â
I'm lucky enough to have interviewed George Thorogood a couple of times.
Here's a link to the most recent one.Here's a link to one from the past.
May all future Mother's Day events be as wonderful as this one was. Oh, and to top it all off, my son took me to see "Iron Man 2" last night.Â LOVED IT!Â We enjoy that kind of movie.Â Plus, it has music from Queen, The Clash and the MIGHTY AC/DC in it.Â We were talking about the movie on the way home, and thought that George's "Bad to the Bone" would have worked in the movie as well.Â It's been in a lot of movies, and works every time.
Hope you had a good weekend too.
There's a DVD release this Saturday night, 8pm-11:30pm, at the County Inn in Tualatin.Â I'm going.Â Marty Party will be there too.Â Plus, there will be cool guest musicians, like the ones who showed up for the original event held at the Roseland on January 31st.Â I was one of the MC's for the night.Â What an honor!Â Amazing music andÂ awesome musiciansÂ who showed up to help out their friend, Dub!Â Click here to find my earlier blog of the event.Â
I can't believe it was that long ago.Â Yeah, it's only a little over a couple of months, but after a surgery and stuff that followed, it was a long time ago in musician or disc jockey years.Â I must credit the lovely Anne DeBrie for that little phrase.Â She called the other night to make sure I could be at the party.Â I'm excited to see the DVD, and see my friends, and listen to some great music!
Join us if you're looking for some good Saturday night music.Â Only $5 cover/donation at the door.Â Oh, and the food is good, so come early and get a table!
Click here to get to the Dub DeBrie Page.
For days now, I've had the song "Cherry Bomb" running through my brain. "Hello Daddy. Hello Mom. I'm your ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!" Over and over again. The funny thing is that I'm not at all tired of it. Usually when something gets stuck in my head like that, I want to scream. Not this time. I rather like the song.
The reason that song is stuck in my head is because of the movie "The Runaways" and the Portland premiere at the Hollywood Theater on Monday night. It was also a benefit for the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls which is an amazing organization. What cool women AND men are involved with the camp. It is all about empowering young girls to believe in themselves, their creativity, their power, and teaches them team building and other life skills...all while rockin' out! There certainly was nothing like this around in 1975 when The Runaways were getting a girl rock band together. That was the same year I started working in radio. Yeah, it was a man's world in both cases.
The movie shows rock in all it's most disgusting ugliness. This is not a movie for kids. It shows the abuse of power, drugs, sex, and pulls no punches at all. It also is pretty truthful about how alienated teenagers are. Even if they are the most popular or beautiful person at school, there's a certain amount of feeling like an absolute outcast that everyone goes through. I'm pretty sure about that. Follow up at your high school reunions and ask questions. If people are willing to let their true self show, you'll find that probably everyone went through something awful, and had no idea how to deal with it when they were in high school. I can think of only one person at my high school who most likely escaped that feeling, and he truly was the coolest dude on the planet. Even at the reunions, he was still "that guy" who was at ease with himself and everyone around him. Not the rest of us. We were all full of angst and our heads were ready to explode. And so it was with The Runaways too.
Back to the movie. The Hollywood Theater was sold out for the premiere. Cherie Currie was there, and looked even more amazing than she did when she was in the band. I congratulated her on her book "Neon Angel" and asked if it was hard to tell the story. She said it was harder to take out the co-author Tony O'neill because he was trying to have it be a very British and proper book, and she wanted the book to have her voice. She succeeded. The book definately has Cherie's voice. The movie follows the book pretty close, but it does take creative license with several scenes.
I found the seat that I wanted way before they let in the crowd, on the aisle and in the back so if I needed to leave I could without disrupting anything. When the lights went down, there was a seat next to me that wasn't taken. This was a sold out show, so I figured it wouldn't last. A woman wandered in late and was looking around, spotted the seat next to me and asked if it was taken. I said "not at all" and she sat down. When she settled in and found room for her backpack, the previews were off and the feature began. She was...a talker. One of those people who in a theater, alone, will talk to the film. Comment on things. Gasp with horror at things. Now, I'm all for laughing during a movie, and there were funny scenes. But there were also very uncomfortable scenes, and she also made it very obvious how she felt about each and every one of them. I have no idea what it is about me that attracts people like this to sit near me at movies and concerts. I'm a magnet. Seriously. I'd like it to stop.
At the end of the movie, Cherie Currie stayed for a Q & A with the audience. I'm so glad I stayed. She was honest, powerful, and had no problem being genuine. There were lots of questions about her past, the depiction of the drug use in the film (Cherie became a drug counsellor for youth after she cleaned up for a while) and the music.
"The Talker" next to me had questions. Two of them. I can't remember what the first question was, but I certainly remember the second one. She said "The film shows a relationship between you and Joan Jett, so was there something going on there?" Cherie answered "Are you asking if I had sex with Joan?" Talker sort of stammered, "well, you know, I, um..." Cherie said again "Are you asking if I had sex with Joan? YES...I did. And she was really good!" Wild applause ripped through the theater at that point. Hilarious.
She also talked about Kim Fowley who I wrote about in a previous blog. What a scumbag! She has forgiven him for the things that he did, and I'm sure that's part of anyone's recovery. To forgive the person who did you wrong so you can move forward. But seriously, what a scumbag. If you read the book or see the movie and don't have this reaction, then you have no shame or empathy. He abused the girls in many ways and they had to finally sue him to get the money he made off them...20 years later.
Bottom line. The movie was great but gritty. Dakota Fanning and Kristin Stewart were amazing. The book "Neon Angels" is also a great read. It will shock you, or maybe not if you've been in the jaded business of rock 'n roll for any length of time.
I must also mention that the sister of the late Runaways drummer, Sandy West was at the movie too, and there's a scholarship in her name for the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls. If your little girl wants to rock, be thankful that there were pioneers who are now watching out for the girls, and that they all don't have to go through all that to be stars.
"Hello world, I'm your wild girl. I'm your ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!"
The wind and rain are turning down my usual jovial mood.Â If it wasn't for the Portland premiere of "The Runaways"Â tonight I'd beÂ reallyÂ foul.Â A movie should help.Â I'll go check it out and report back.Â I hear the actresses nailed the performance.
Here's a fun fact from IMDB: "The producers only acquired the life story rights of Cherie Currie, Joan Jett, Sandy West and Kim Fowley. Band members Lita Ford and Jackie Fox were never approached for consultation on the film. When Fox protested the production moving ahead without her participation, producer Joan Jett threatened a lawsuit declaring that contrary to insinuation, no characters based on Fox or Ford appeared in the film."Â
This fascinates me.Â How can they tell the story of the band without the other two girls?Â Gloria met and hung out with Lita Ford when she was starting her solo career.Â Lita's pretty cool.Â I saw Joan Jett at the Oregon Jam at Autzen Stadium in 1980.Â I think it was 1980.Â Jeff Mitchell reminded me of that today.Â He was there too.Â That was the first time he met me.Â Many many years ago, my babies.Â I remember it was really hot that day, and I remember the headliner, Blue Oyster Cult, and the Godzilla blow up thing on stage.Â That's pretty much it for that day.Â
In 2003, I did meet the REAL Kim Fowley, the guy who discovered The Runaways, and who's character is portrayed in this movie,Â backstage at a Bruce Springsteen show at Dodger Stadium in L.A.Â Â My brother, Neil, was with me, and he made the comment that this very tall man dressed up in a suit backstage at this show had to be someone...important.Â He also had a bodyguard.Â So, I walked up and asked him who he was.Â He said that I wouldn't believe it.Â I said that I might.Â He handed me a card.Â Kim Fowley.Â The real Kim Fowley.Â Now, if you haven't read about the L.A. rock scene, or about Laurel Canyon, or about The Runaways, then you probably don't know who the heck he is.Â Actually the man has been around the rock sceneÂ from 1959 on.Â He produced, managed, wrote,Â andÂ did arrangements forÂ many artists through the years.Â He's sort of like the John Waters of the rock world.Â At least that's how it seemed to me.Â Way off center, and loving the fact that he was really...noticeable.Â
TheÂ Runaways actually fired him in 1977, and sued him for theÂ rights to their name and royalties in the 90's and won.Â I wonder if they have mended any fences since then?Â The movie is based on Cherie Currie's memoirs, and I'm pretty interested to see the whole thing.Â Especially since Dakota Fanning plays Currie.Â I'll also be watching closely to see if Michael Shannon does a good job with Kim Fowley.Â
By the way, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts were on Letterman last month doing "Bad Reputation" and it just kicked ass!Â How does the woman do it?Â She's superhuman.Â No wonder she's getting her own "Ladies of the 80's" doll.Â Click below to get to the You Tube video of the performance.
Joan Jett on Letterman
Off to the show!
Like in the Kinks song...Â
"When ev'rybody's fast asleep, I start to creep.
Through the shadows of the moonlight, I walk my beat.
Better close your window tight:
I might come in for a bite,
Oh yeah. "
I've got to stop watching "True Blood" so late at night.Â I was catching up and I like to watch episodes twice sometimes.Â I just can't get these vampires out of my head.Â
I've always liked the vampire stories, read all the Ann Rice books, and nowÂ vampires areÂ this crazy rage with teenagers.Â Pre-teens too from the book series that are out there.Â I enjoy the shape-shifters too.Â If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then move along.Â
Actually I was up until after 1:00am and had to force myself to shut down the "monkey mind" that starts when I've stayed up too long.Â Then I got up at 5:00am.Â That's when the body clock goes off, and the cats want to eat and prowl.Â It's not really insomnia, it's just a REALLY active mind.Â Insomnia is what happens when you're trying to sleep and can't.Â I wasn't really trying.Â