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  1. Your Top Ten Gigs and Worst Gig Ever

    Worst is a 4 way tie.... Joe Cocker.....'79 maybe ? Lol....what a mess ! The Kinks......Shut up and play you idiots ! Stynx.....Bad sign when you walk away from a free show. ELP....Not their fault. Sometimes concert logistics just don't work out. Failed transportation, overdoses, climbing barbed-wire fences @ Olympia...gosh what a teenage mess ! Best....... Page & Plant '98 (Page left it all right here. It's as simple as that) Neil Young & Crazy Horse, '79 Rust Never Sleeps Tour ("You can't be 20 on Sugar Mountain (Neil comes out of the box)....especially when you're seeing the show at 19) Led Zeppelin 1977 Silverdome Yes & Donovan, "Going For the One" Tour @ Cobo Arena (the first show that let me know how good a concert experience could be. Been over 40 years, and one listen to "Turn of the Century" still takes me right back there). Donovan's "Atlantis" was kick-ass too. Rolling Stones No Security Tour (sat 1st row at the 2nd stage. "Respectable", "Route 66", and "Midnight Rambler" (Mick brings out the whip !) Sat so close I yelled "Hey Charlie !"....and he gave me a big grin. Keith was so paranoid I thought he was going to bolt the stage Joni Mitchell (made me a fan for life) Santana @ Masonic Auditorium (came home at 3am because he just wouldn't stop playing. My 17 year old date had to call home from a pay-phone so her Father didn't think I abducted her.) Moody Blues @ Masonic Auditorium (seats less than 5,000 with an orchestra too) Gypsy !! Jeff Beck & Johnny Lang - Sat front row, and got the whole Jeff experience with the constantly moving highway in the background. The J.Geils Band - Any Cobo show I attended from '76 -'79. A Detroit party in the 3rd degree. Honorable mentions....Any Who or Allman Bros. shows.
  2. Random Thoughts v.3

    Priscilla Presley.....another poster child for staying away from cosmetic plastic surgery. Chuck Norris.....another poster child for older men to not dye their hair. There's nothing becoming of having orange eyebrows at 80 years of age. You don't look younger, you look down-right stupid.
  3. Strange Places to Do "It"

    And for a change, she might actually compliment you on an early finish.
  4. 2018 NFL THREAD

    Always been a big MSU fan, but I've never felt the love for Kirk Cousins. I've always felt there's something missing in his quarterback toolbox. He'll probably do better in a Dome, but that's not going to help in Green Bay & Chicago. Lions cut Ebron four years after spending the 10th pick on him. 8 of the 9 players chosen after him made the Pro Bowl. He's not a bad TE....we just had no reason to pick him there. Such an old story. Curious who is going to pay him and how much. The Lions are claiming they aren't going to switch to a 3-4 defense, but their moves suggest otherwise. Ho hum. Raised my buddy's ticket prices to $250 bucks a game....over $4,000.00 for two season tickets, and parking isn't included. I'd take the lazy-boy and a two week vacation instead.....and still catch the game.
  5. Random Thoughts v.3

    Look round the 'net and all you'll see, is a cut 'n paste artist of the 3rd degree. Nothing original gets by me, I don't even live where I claim to be ! I use a right click to copy then paste, For all you know, I'm pimply faced. I take others' work and claim it's me, all from a band I never did see. So take what I say with a grain of salt, you're much better off with LP & Walt ! What's fake and an illusion is easy to see, just like a Trump University degree !
  6. What Made You Un-Happy Today ?

    Went skiing in the great white North this past week. On the last day, and the last run, I had a bit of an equipment failure. My entire left boot shattered as I was going down a steep hill. I flew about 10 feet down the hill forward, spraining my left arm, and breaking a rib in the process. First time I fell in about 15 years, and a heck of a way to break my streak. I couldn't walk down the hill, because the plastic from the boot was cutting into my toes, so I got my first ride ever on the ski patrol snowmobile. My buddy had just mentioned that if one of us fell hard at our age we might break a hip. No hip....just a rib. It hurts to laugh...but I still am !
  7. Motivational and Inspirational Quotes

    "The more simple we are, the more complete we become" - Auguste Rodin
  8. Your thoughts on autonomous vehicles?

    If it keeps me mobile and independent as I get older, I'm all for it.
  9. Motor City Five (MC5)

    https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/2018/03/06/mc-5-true-testimonial-documentary-release/401591002/ Is long-shelved MC5 documentary 'A True Testimonial' finally being released? Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press Pop Music Critic Published 8:17 p.m. ET March 6, 2018 | Updated 9:23 p.m. ET March 6, 2018 (Photo: Stephen Paley, Stephen Paley) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDIN 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE After years in legal and financial limbo, one of the most acclaimed Detroit music films appears ready to see the light of day. "MC5: A True Testimonial," which started production in the '90s and made a brief run on the festival circuit in 2003, was held back from wider release amid licensing and copyright disputes. But is the documentary at last on the way? The evidence is piling up: Today, a Facebook account tied to the film posted a tantalizing message — "Stay tuned" — accompanied by an old Chicago Reader headline about the stymied project: "The MC5 Movie You May Never See." It follows a post in January from a Twitter account in the film's name, simply displaying a bundle of wrapped movie posters. And at January's Art House Convergence, an industry event, movie distributor Submarine Entertainment was disseminating placards touting the film. Buy Photo A placard celebrating "MC5: A True Testimonial" was disseminated in January by film distributor Submarine Entertainment. (Photo: Detroit Free Press) The latest tease comes on a busy day of MC5 news, with the announcement of an upcoming tour by guitarist Wayne Kramer and a band billed as MC50, who will celebrate "Kick Out the Jams" and close with an Oct. 27 show at the Fillmore Detroit. Kramer also revealed a memoir, "The Hard Stuff," to be published Aug. 14. More: MC5's Wayne Kramer to lead the MC50 in 'Kick Out the Jams' anniversary tour, Detroit show "True Testimonial" is the handiwork of Chicago directors Dave Thomas and Laurel Legler, who received rave reviews for their colorful chronicling of the MC5's loud and controversial time on the rock scene. In 2003, the film screened a single night in Detroit and at several prestige festivals, but a planned DVD deal with Sony fell through because of a song-licensing dispute: Kramer sued Thomas and Legler over the inclusion of the 1971 song "Poison" in the film. He lost the suit in 2007 — theoretically clearing a path for the film's release — but funds to pay the song-licensing fees then became the holdup. "A True Testimonial" isn't the only Detroit-music film that's been delayed because of legal spats: The Sydney Pollack-directed "Amazing Grace," which captures Aretha Franklin's recording of the same-named gospel album in 1972, has been stymied in court for several years by the Queen of Soul. Contact Detroit Free Press music writer Brian McCollum: 313-223-4450 or bmccollum@freepress.com.
  10. Motor City Five (MC5)

    https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/2018/03/06/mc-5-mc-50-anniversary-tour-fillmore-detroit/396531002/ MC5's Wayne Kramer to lead the MC50 in 'Kick Out the Jams' anniversary tour, Detroit show Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press Pop Music Critic Published 9:30 a.m. ET March 6, 2018 | Updated 10:18 a.m. ET March 6, 2018 (Photo: Mike Barich) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDIN 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE On Halloween week half a century ago, the MC5 stepped onto a Detroit stage and into rock immortality. This October, just five miles from the Grande Ballroom and the recording of "Kick Out the Jams," surviving guitarist Wayne Kramer will lead a new all-star band — the MC50 — at the Fillmore Detroit as he celebrates the album's 50th anniversary. Today's announcement comes in tandem with details on a Kramer memoir that's set for publication in August. The MC50's Oct. 27 Detroit show will cap a North American tour scheduled to start in early September after several European festival appearances. The full itinerary of 35-plus cities is expected to be released later this month. Read more: Wayne Kramer book peek: Becoming a drug dealer The eight-song "Kick Out the Jams" album will be performed in its entirety, followed by an encore featuring a rotating selection of other MC5 material. Tickets for the Detroit date start at $25 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Kramer will be joined by players whose own careers are steeped in MC5 influence — a group of "40-to-70-year-old 'punks on a meth power trip,'" as Kramer calls it — including guitarist Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), drummer Brendan Canty (Fugazi), bassist Doug Pinnick (King's X) and towering, 6-foot-7 singer Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla). Drummer Dennis Thompson, the MC5's only other surviving original, will perform on select tour dates, though specifics have not been announced. Bassist Michael Davis — with whom Kramer and Thompson revived MC5 music in the 2000s as DKT — died in 2012, following the deaths of singer Rob Tyner (1991) and Fred Smith (1994). “The message of the MC5 has always been the sense of possibilities: a new music, a new politics, a new lifestyle,” Kramer said in a statement. “Today, there is a corrupt regime in power, an endless war thousands of miles away, and uncontrollable violence wracking our country. It’s becoming less and less clear if we’re talking about 1968 or 2018. I’m now compelled to share this music I created with my brothers 50 years ago. My goal is that the audience leaves these concerts fueled by the positive and unifying power of rock music.” Today's MC50 announcement comes as Kramer unveils details about his forthcoming autobiography, "The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5, and My Life of Impossibilities," due Aug. 14 from Da Capo Press. The Detroit native will chronicle his 69 years, from his early life as a "teenaged Downriver greaser obsessed with guitars, girls and hot rods," as a news release describes it, through his imprisonment in the 1970s and on to fatherhood in his 60s. Forged in a cauldron of radical politics and gritty musical influences, the MC5 became one of the defining acts in Detroit rock, releasing three albums before disbanding in disarray in early 1973. Though the group was widely overlooked at the time, its impact roared in the years that followed, helping shape punk in the '70s and grunge rock in the '90s. Crucial to that legacy was "Kick Out the Jams," recorded on Oct. 30 and 31, 1968, in front of hometown Grande crowds to showcase the band's raucous, high-energy live attack. In 2016, the album's title track clocked in at No. 5 on Detroit's 100 Greatest Songs, a Free Press project based on voting by the public and music professionals.
  11. Random Thoughts v.3

    Got an email from AFSCME titled, "Your Work Harassment Questions Answered". No matter what you think of them, it sure is a lousy time to be a Union rep !
  12. 2018 Oscars sucked worse than ever

    C'mon Del.....You didn't watch or turn the channel. There was that last installment of the 20th anniversary special on FOX about the Clinton blow-job and the failed impeachment attempt. Surely that must have had you riveted. Didn't like the ending ? Stay tuned....their regularly scheduled weekly focus on teacher/student relationships will resume for you on Wednesday's web-page, with all the sordid details included.
  13. 2018 MLB season thread

    I understand the Red Sox wanting J.D. Martinez for DH. He's become a student of the game, and becomes a better hitter every year because of it. However he's hardly an outfield liability. Put him in right field and with his arm he can hit any base accurately on the fly. He was leading the AL in outfield assists at one point during 2015. Tigers should have moved Fulmer during the off-season. Curious how loyal the younger generation is going to be to the Tigers during this lengthy rebuild. Their $75 dollar tickets better morph into $20 bucks and a free piece of shitty pizza, or there's going to be a lot of empty seats. Especially if they're 20 games back by the time school lets out in June....which they will be.
  14. Curious as to how many of these will be released. Will it have the Swan Song label or Atlantic ? What does one charge for a 7" vinyl record these days ? Will the yellow vinyl be the same shade as my Grand Funk's "We're an American Band" LP ? (that's a 70's joke kids)
  15. I noticed you avoided the 160% figure....because he wasn't responsible for that, right ?  And Trump hasn't pulled away from the table yet.


    Trump's estate was 250-300 million, but that doesn't include 600M in real estate holdings that were sold and split.

    You embarrassed yourself, but I'll only tell you that in private according to Sam's wishes.  Have a nice day !

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      He wasn't responsible for the last 8 years, I don't understand why he would be or why you would suggest he is? Or bring that up? Our growth post recession was significantly less than post recession growth ought to have been by a long shot. Gdp growth was an embarrassment the last 8 years, when it usually skyrockets after a recession. Please explain to me how Trump's real estate was not included in Trump's estate. That would be news to me. Please cite a source. Also, it remains completely irrelevant to the fact that the inheritance took place in 1999, long after Trump made his mark. 

      Also, 401ks are only one way in which people participate. Pension funds are the most important way. Middle America retirement relies on the stock market. Even so, 33% of people who can participate do, according to the article you just posted. What exactly are you arguing against? Those people doing better?


      Who is Sam?