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HEART’S REVENGE, AND BB KING

FORTY-THREE YEARS AGO HEART  RELEASED THEIR 3RD STUDIO ALBUM ‘LITTLE QUEEN’. IF THERE’S EVER ANY REASON, AND I MEAN ANY REASON TO BECOME A HEART FAN, IT’S THIS ALBUM. HERE’S MY REASONING. THE ALBUM PRODUCED A GREAT HEART SONG ‘BARRACUDA’. I LOVE THE SONG, BUT WHEN YOU HEAR THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG, YOU’LL HAVE A NEWFOUND RESPECT FOR THE WILSON SISTERS. THE SONG WAS WRITTEN BY ANN AND NANCY WILSON TOGETHER WITH GUITARIST ROGER FISHER AND DRUMMER MICHAEL DEROSIER. ACCORDING TO THE BAND, THE SONG IS ABOUT THE RECORD INDUSTRY IN GENERAL. IT WAS WRITTEN AT A TIME WHEN THERE WAS FRICTION BETWEEN THE BAND AND THEIR OLD RECORD LABEL. ‘LITTLE QUEEN’ WAS THE FIRST ALBUM HEART RELEASED FOR THE CBS-PORTRAIT LABEL. THEIR OLD LABEL, MUSHROOM RECORDS, SUED THE BAND, AND IN 1978 RELEASE ‘MAGAZINE’, AN ALBUM MADE UP OF MATERIAL HEART DID NOT WANT RELEASED.  THE WILSON SISTERS REVEALED THAT THEY WROTE BARRACUDA IN ANGER AFTER MUSHROOM RECORDS PLACED AN AD IN TRADE PUBLICATIONS IMPLYING THAT THE WILSON SISTERS WERE LESBIANS HAVING AN AFFAIR ! THE SONG FOCUSES ON ANN’S RAGE TOWARDS A PROMOTER WHO CAME UP TO HER AFTER A SHOW AND ASKED HER HOW HER “LOVER” WAS. SHE INITIALLY THOUGHT HE WAS REFERRING TO HER THEN IN-BAND BOYFRIEND MICHAEL FISHER. AFTER THE PROMOTER(TOOL) REVEALED IT WAS HER SISTER NANCY, ANN GOT PISSED AND WENT TO HER HOTEL ROOM AND WROTE ‘BARRACUDA.’ RUMOR HAS IT THE ORIGINAL TITLE WAS “MOTHER F***ERS” BUT THE NEW RECORD COMPANY ASKED FOR A BETTER TITLE. NANCY SUBSEQUENTLY CHANGED IT TO ‘BARRACUDA’ COMPARING THE SLEAZY SIDE OF MUSIC TO THE DANGEROUS FISH.  IT MAKES YOU WONDER, WHAT KIND OF PIECE OF SH** WOULD ACCUSE TWO SISTERS OF HAVING SEX TOGETHER TO GET EVEN IN A BUSINESS DEAL !?? GOOD ON YOU ANN AND NANCY WILSON. MAD PROPS ON GETTING EVEN AND WRITING A FANTASTIC ROCK SONG. I ONLY WISH I COULD HAVE HEARD THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF ‘MOTHER F****ER’

HERE’S HEART PERFORMING BARRACUDA IN 1977

ON THIS DATE 4 YEARS AGO, “THE KING OF BLUES” DIED IN HIS SLEEP AT THE AGE OF 89 FROM A SERIES OF SMALL STROKES CAUSED BY TYPE 2 DIABETES. WHEN KING PASSED AWAY IN 2015, IT CAN TRULY BE SAID HE INFLUENCED A GENERATION OF MUSICIANS. IN THE 1950’S KING WAS A MEMPHIS DJ AND STRUGGLING MUSICIAN. KING PLAYED A ROY HAWKINS ORIGINAL ON THE AIR. THE SONG IS ABOUT MOVING ON FROM A RELATIONSHIP. THE SONG WAS ‘THE THRILL IS GONE.’ KING HIMSELF RECORDED THE SONG SEVERAL TIMES, BUT DIDN’T LIKE ANY OF THE RESULTS. THE PRODUCER BILL SZYMCZYK (MOST FAMOUS FOR LATER PRODUCING THE EAGLES) CALLED KING AT 4 A.M. AND SUGGESTED ADDING STRINGS TO THE SONG. KING LATER SAID HE WOULD HAVE AGREED TO ALMOST ANYTHING AT THAT TIME OF THE NIGHT. THE ADDITION GAVE KING HIS FIRST MILLION SELLING RECORD (AND ENDED HIS RADIO CAREER).

THIS WAS KING’S BIGGEST SELLING HIT. COMMERCIALLY HE DIDN’T HAVE MUCH SUCCESS ON THE CHARTS, BUT HE DID BECOME A BLUES LEGEND THAT TOUCHED MILLIONS OF FANS.  HERE’S THE GREAT B.B. KING PERFORMING ‘THE THRILL IS GONE’ IN 1989.

HERE’S AN AWESOME VIDEO WITH BB KING, SLASH, AND AN ALL-STAR JAM.

 

bb king photo thanks-Aaron Warren

200 GOATS RUN RAMPANT IN LAMONT’S NEIGHBORHOOD

Yesterday a tribe of goats went wild in a neighborhood in east San Jose. Terry Roelands said the hill behind his home caught on fire about 15 years ago and since then, they use goats a few times a year to clear the brush. On Tuesday evening, one of the goats was eating flowers over a fence and somehow tapped one of the electric fences, causing it and others to break the boards on the fence, Roelands said. This allowed about 200 goats to escape through a backyard and out onto the streets. “When I got back from the store all the goats had broken through the fence and were wreaking havoc on our street,” tweeted Roelands’ son Zach. A rancher got the goats back onto the ranchlands in about five minutes, Roelands said. “This is the craziest thing to happen all quarantine,” Zach tweeted. Watch the video below.

SLASH’S REAL HAIR APPEARS ON WEDDING CAKE TOPPER ON EBAY

A cake topper from Slash’s wedding, reportedly featuring the Guns N’ Roses guitarist’s actual hair, is for sale on eBay for $3000. Back in October 2019 letter from Julien’s Auctions certifies that the cake topper is from Slash’s 2001 wedding to Perla Ferrar. The couple got divorced in 2018. “Lot 112 is a sculpted plastic wedding cake topper custom fitted with top hat, veil and hair to represent Slash and Perla,” reads the text. “We are herein stating in writing that when Perla Hudson cosigned this property to Julien’s Auctions, she indeed told us that the hair on the cake topper belonged to Slash.” Check out the photos of the cake topper below. Since returning to Guns N’ Roses in 2016, Slash has kept an extremely busy schedule. In addition to playing sold out shows around the world with Axl Rose and Duff McKagan, he’s continued to tour and record with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. At the moment, according to Guns N’ Roses’ website, the band are still scheduled to kick off a two-month tour of Europe on May 20 in Libson, Portugal. It is unknown what effect if any the global COVID-19 pandemic will have on these plans. Guns N’ Roses was also set to kick off a North American tour on July 4th at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, however that festival has been postponed until Fall and all Summer mass gatherings are obviously in jeopardy due to the ongoing health crisis.










GUNS N’ ROSES CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW

Well, Guns N’ Roses, in collaboration with author James Patterson, will release a children’s picture this fall book titled Sweet Child O’ Mine. “As a longtime fan of Guns N’ Roses, I’m thrilled to partner with the band in bringing their famed hit song to life on the page,” Patterson said in a release as reported by People. Surprisingly, the critics who’ve read the advanced copies are already giving it positive reviews.

VAN HAGAR MEMORIES, STP, AND STEVIE WONDER GETS ROBBED ON HIS BDAY

TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO VAN HALEN PLAYED OAKLAND ON “THE BALANCE TOUR.” IT WAS ALSO CALLED THE “AMBULANCE” TOUR BY EDDIE VAN HALEN BECAUSE EDDIE WAS HOBBLED FOR MOST OF THE TOUR DUE TO A HIP INJURY, AND HIS BROTHER ALEX WORE A NECK BRACE FOR MOST OF THE TOUR. THIS WOULD BE THE LAST TOUR WITH SAMMY HAGAR HANDLING LEAD VOCALS UNTIL A REUNION IN 2004. THE OPENING NIGHT IN FLORIDA AND 2 SHOWS FROM TORONTO CANADA WERE BROADCAST ON PAY PER VIEW. THERE WERE ALSO PLANS TO RELEASE FOOTAGE FROM THE TWO TORONTO SHOWS ON DVD, BUT IT WAS NEVER RELEASED. THE BALANCE TOUR LASTED 7 LEGS WITH 135 SHOWS, AND EARNED OVER $ 30 MILLION DOLLARS. HERE’S THE FULL SHOW PAY PER VIEW SPECIAL

TWENTY SEVEN YEARS AGO ‘PLUSH’ FROM STP WAS RELEASED AS A SINGLE IN THE UK AND EUROPE. IN AMERICA NO SINGLES FROM THE ALBUM ‘CORE’ WERE MADE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE, SINCE ATLANTIC RECORDS LIKED SELLING $16 ALBUMS MORE THAN $2 SINGLES. DESPITE NOT BEING RELEASED IN THE USA AS A SINGLE, THE SONG HIT # 1 ON THE ALBUM ROCK CHART. PLUSH ALSO WON THE GRAMMY IN 1994 IN THE CATEGORY OF “BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE” AND EARNED STP AN “MTV MUSIC AWARD” FOR “THE BEST NEW ARTIST” IN 1993.  THE LYRICS FOR ‘PLUSH’ WERE ACTUALLY INSPIRED BY AN UNFORTUNATE EVENT IN STP’S HOMETOWN OF SAN DIEGO ABOUT A MISSING WOMAN WHO WAS LATER DISCOVERED DEAD BY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT (AND I FEEL, WHEN THE DOGS BEGIN TO SMELL HER…”) OTHER WEIRD FACTS ABOUT ‘PLUSH INCLUDE THE TITLE NEVER APPEARS IN THE LYRICS OF THE ACTUAL SONG. THIS IS ALSO TRUE OF THE ‘CORE’ TRACKS ‘SEX TYPE THING’ AND ‘NAKED SUNDAY’.  THE LINE “WHERE YOU GOING WITH THE MASK I FOUND” IS OFTEN MISHEARD AS “WHERE YOU GOING WITH THE MASTER PLAN?”

HERE’S THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR ‘PLUSH’ WITH STP

AND FINALLY, FILE THIS ONE UNDER WTF !!! ON THIS DATEIN 1971, ON HIS 21ST BIRTHDAY, STEVIE WONDER RECEIVED ALL OF HIS CHILDHOOD EARNINGS. DESPITE HAVING EARNED OVER $30 MILLION DOLLARS FROM RECORD SALES AND CONSTANT TOURING, HE RECEIVED ON $1 MILLION DOLLARS. ONE WOULD SAY THEY ROBBED HIM BLIND. I HOPE THIS YEAR HE’S HAVING A BETTER BIRTHDAY !! HAPPY 69TH BIRTHDAY STEVIE WONDER.

HERE’S SOME LIVE STEVIE WONDER.

AND ANOTHER…… JUST BECAUSE I LOVE STEVIE WONDER

 

stevie wonder photo thanks- Mary
van halen photo thanks-Rogelio A. Galaviz C.

 

 

 

SYSCO SAN FRANCISCO

Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home.

Check out the Sysco Pop Up Truck sales that are open to the public! Anyone can order items off their website at shopsanfrancisco.sysco.com and then pick up at the no touch drive through in Fremont, located at 5900 Steward Avenue in Fremont. Be sure to go online first and purchase through the presale. (no purchases the day of the event)

BRIAN MAY HOSPITALIZED AFTER TEARING HIS BUTT IN GARDENING ACCIDENT


While Queen’s lead guitarist Brian May is usually ripping killer solos he recently ripped his gluteus maximus while gardening.

“I managed to rip my gluteus maximus to shreds in a moment of overenthusiastic gardening,” May posted on Instagram Wednesday. “So suddenly I find myself in a hospital getting scanned to find out exactly how much I’ve actually damaged myself. Turns out I did a thorough job – this is a couple of days ago – and I won’t be able to walk for a while … or sleep, without a lot of assistance, because the pain is relentless.”

May said he would be using the opportunity to take a break from social media and focus on his recovery.

“Please, please don’t send me sympathy – I just need some healing silence for a while. I’ll be back – but I need the complete break. OK? Thanks.”

However since announcing his respite from social media the guitarist has been posting everything from harsh criticisms of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to jovial celebrations of the newly anointed “Brian May Day.”

Since May’s most recent post shows him in a light-hearted mood we can only assume his recovery is going well and to that end we wish him a speedy recovery.

Hold on to your butt Brian because we need more sweet guitar solos on our Instagram feed!

EXILE ON MAIN ST, BLACK CROWES, AND THE CULT

IT WAS ON THIS DATE IN 1972 THE ROLLING STONES RELEASED THEIR 10TH STUDIO ALBUM ‘EXILE ON MAIN ST.’ AT THE TIME OF RELEASE, THE DOUBLE ALBUM WAS RIPPED TO SHREDS BY THE CRITICS AND WAS THE VICTIM OF HARSH REVIEWS AND POOR SALES. OVER THE YEARS IT’S NOW CONSIDERED SOME OF THE STONES BEST WORK. THE RECORD ONLY PRODUCED ONE TOP TWENTY HIT ‘TUMBLING DICE’, HOWEVER IT WAS FULL OF GREAT ALBUM TRACKS INCLUDING ‘RIP THIS JOINT’ AND A RARE SONG WITH KEITH RICHARDS SINGING LEAD VOCALS ‘HAPPY’.  THE STONES RECORDED THIS ALBUM IN A MUSTY BASEMENT AT A VILLA IN FRANCE. KEITH RICHARDS RENTED THE VILLA SO THE ROLLING STONES COULD AVOID PAYING TAXES IN ENGLAND. THE BAND WOULD SLEEP ALL DAY AND RECORD ALL NIGHT WITH WHOEVER SHOWED UP. THE SESSIONS WERE LOOSE AND UNORGANIZED, AND THE PERSONNEL ON THE SONGS VARIED ON WHO WAS PRESENT AT THE TIME OF THE RECORDING. FOR INSTANCE, ON ‘TUMBLING DICE’ MICK JAGGER AND KEITH RICHARDS PLAYED GUITAR, AND MICK TAYLOR, ORDINARILY THE LEAD GUITARIST PLAYED BASS. DEPENDING ON EVERYONE’S LEVEL OF INTOXICATION AND WHAT FRIENDS WANDERED INTO THE RECORDING STUDIO TO JAM WITH THE BAND THE SONGS AND ALBUM CROSSED MANY STYLES AND GENRES. RUMOR HAS IT THIS IS ONE OF KEITH RICHARDS FAVORITE STONES SONGS. HERE’S A LIVE VERSION OF ‘TUMBLING DICE’

 

EIGHT YEARS AGO THE BLACK CROWES RELEASED THEIR SECOND ALBUM ‘THE SOUTHERN HARMONY AND MUSICAL COMPANION’. IT HIT #1 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP ALBUMS CHART AND SPAWNED 4 HIT SINGLES  ‘STING ME’ ‘HOTEL ILLNESS’ ‘THORN IN MY PRIDE’ AND ‘REMEDY.’ ALL 4 TRACKS HIT NUMBER ONE ON THE ALBUM-ROCK SINGLES CHART (PREVIOUSLY SET BY TOM PETTY IN 1989,WITH 3). HERE’S REMEDY ( NUMBER ONE FOR 12 WEEKS ) 

PLUS, HAPPY 58TH BIRTHDAY WISHES TO THE CULT’S BILLY DUFFY . HERE’S THE GUITARIST FROM A CONCERT CIRCA 1987 PERFORMING ‘SHE SELLS SANCTUARY’

BILLY DUFFY PHOTO  Alberto Cabello