Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Still, The Song Remains the Same

We heard there was some big concert in London tonight...a bunch of no names played. Some up and comers called, Lead, no Led Zephyr, no, no- Led Zeppelin, yeah I think that's right, Led Zeppelin. Yeah. They are a new band. Ever heard of them? You better get on the bandwagon now, cause they are gonna be BIG!! You can say you listened to them way back before they were big...

Early reports are that it was phenomenal. I bet. Check out the 2-hour setlist:

Good Times Bad Times
Ramble On
Black Dog
In My Time Of Dying
For Your Life
Trampled Under Foot
Nobody's Fault But Mine
No Quarter
Since I've Been Loving You
Dazed And Confused
Stairway To Heaven
The Song Remains The Same
Misty Mountain Hop
Whole Lotta Love
Rock And Roll

Look who all was there:

The one and only Mick Jagger

Bill Wyman and Dave Grohl

Michael Mother-effing J. Fox

Check out these reports:

I'm sure there are plenty more sites with Zep details...send'em to us and we'll post them. If you come across any video or audio from the show, please send it in and we'll dance at your wedding. Promise.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Riot Quiet(ed), part two

Coroners have officially listed the death of Kevin DuBrow, the lead singer of 80s metal band Quiet Riot, as an accidental cocaine overdose. As previously reported here at SDB, Dubrow was found dead in his Vegas home last month at the age of 52. More here.

Hough Stuff

I can't help it. I watched Dancing with the Stars...well, most of the episodes at least. How could I not? It had Julianne Hough on it. She is (an) AMAZING (dancer)!!!! And apparently she got a record deal now with Universal's Nashville Country branch of Mercury Records. She will have an album out in 2008, with a single out in early '08. Apparently she had a single back in May, too, but I wasn't in love with her, err, I didn't know who she was and appreciate her many talents then. I can't believe she is only 19!!

Oh My.

See more about Julianne here:
Fan Site
You Tube

See her here below with two of my arch nemeses, Apolo Ohno and Helio Castroneves:

(fast forward to 2:00...trust me)

Good Gracious!!


Scott Weiland is due in court on Thursday for yet another another brush with the law. The STP and Velvet Revolver frontman was arrested for DUI on the night before Thanksgiving after his Benzo hit a Chrysler Sebring. Scott wasn't able to pass field sobriety tests and was taken in for driving under the influence of an unspecified drug. He was booked, declined to give blood or urine samples and posted bail of $40K at noon on Thanksgiving Day.

(It must be nice to have that kind of money to piss away.)

It hasn't been said yet what Weiland's drug o' choice was that night...Let's just hope he wasn't riding the Horse again...

I guess we'll find out on Thursday...Details to come...check back. I know you will.

Are you cool, man? Like how?

NME has a trite cool list online where you can vote for who's the coolest rock star. I don't know, it's kinda like asking a bunch of people what's the best kind of ice cream.

One thing is for sure though, without a doubt or dispute: Debbie Harry was the hottest rock star.

See for yourself.


School of Rock

Little Steven Van Zandt has developed the curriculum to teach the history of rock and roll to a new generation. Little Steven cleverly named it "Little Steven's Rock and Roll High School". Van Zandt, the founder of Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, said that he hasn't repaid what music has done for him and this would be a good way to start.

According to Rock and Roll Forever:

"Aiming to bring rock and roll history into every high school and middle school in the United States, Little Steven’s Rock and Roll High School will provide free materials, including teacher guidelines, lesson plans, DVDs and CDs, that will allow music teachers, social studies teachers, language arts teachers, and others to bring rock and roll history to life in their classrooms. With a website that will function as a virtual meeting place for educators, students, scholars, and fans alike, the Rock and Roll High School project seeks to forge an alliance with the classroom leaders themselves, in hopes that rock and roll is finally recognized not only as a legitimate object of study but as a crucial object of study. With leading partners Scholastic and MENC (The National Association for Music Education), the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation will be mailing its first curriculum in 2008."

We didn't have classes like this when we were in school...

For more info, see

Little Steven's Underground Garage

Renegade Nation

here too

Saturday, December 8, 2007

My work's Christmas Party

How cool is this? We've got SCOTS playing at our annual par-tay at the newly opened Valarium ...Should be a barn burner!

And the Valarium is a great new venue- looks, feels and sounds like a California venue, or at least one in a big city. Check it out when you have the opportunity to.

Dinosaur Jr. played there last week at the grand opening. It was killer...I'll post on that tomorrow probably...

A Ghost to Most

The Truckers posted the first song off of their upcoming album, Brighter Than Creation's Dark, on their Myspace page on Friday. It's another gem from Cooley (third from left in the picture above), harking back on his long, detailed story-songs, backed by a vintage quasi-ballad Trucker-jam song with John Neff's trademark steel work in the background that moves the tune along as it cries and whines, and wonders why. As is the case with many of Cooley's songs, "A Ghost to Most" has an eery feeling, with a dark overtone that casts a shadow on the mood of the entire track, whether or not the content is on the darkside.

Fortunately it is, and Cooley delivers...as he always does. Because he's Mike Cooley.

This is too good not to post...

Saw this today...

I've been wondering what the real words are since middle school for this song. I don't know if anyone really knows for sure, even Eddie, but here is someone's guess on them.

By the way- I got the Into the Wild soundtrack, so I will post a review of it soon. Haven't seen the movie, or read the book, but I've heard the single on the radio,"Hard Sun"...I kinda like it, but don't tell anyone please.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Southern Thing

SDB is growing week by week already. We have fellow non-Saints around the country looking in from time to time making sure that we haven't turned from our ways (just so everyone knows- we haven't!).

But also, these fellow non-Saints send in info from their corners of the globe from time to time, such as:

Lucero in their hometown (more or less) of Memphis for their annual New Year's Eve show at the famed Young Avenue Deli! With them is another one of my favorite bands, and on the forthcoming Best of 2007 list, Glossary!

Glossary will also be here in the big town on Saturday night at the Corner Lounge with Ghostfinger and local legend Carl Snow's Summer of Love. Both shows will prove to be absolutely crazy, with the Lucero NYE show to be positively R-O-W-D-Y!

Also to our attention, is the listing of the Drive-By Truckers upcoming album "Brighter Than Creation's Dark" on Amazon. In addition to pre-sale info, there are snippets of each song...Check'em out. The album is due out on January 22 on New West Records.

While on the Truckers, our friends at Southern Shelter posted this from Patterson's recent AIDS Benefit in Athens, Georgia. And to top that off, SS provided at link to a September DBT show which showcased a bunch of the new songs. Listen here.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

So Drink Your Gin and Tonic-ah

Today is the first full day of Hanukkah, as it began last night at sundown, so we figured what better way to begin the Festival of Lights than with another holiday video from Adam Sandler...We all know and love this song dearly.

Enjoy...and Shalom!!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Last week - November 25th - December 1st

What a(nother) week:

First of all, finally a bootlegged video has surfaced of the new Social Distortion song "You Can't Take It With You" that Ness and Company have been trying out the last few weeks. Here it is below:

The Cure announced their make-up date for Atlanta that they canceled in the fall.

My newest Irish hero in Dublin stole 450 kegs (!!!!) from the Guinness Brewery! What did he do with all of that beer? I hope he had one hell of a weekend kegger, that I'm sure he doesn't remember!

The Brothers of the Feathers, also known as the Black Crowes, have announced the completion of their first album since 2001. Warpaint will be out on March 4th on Silver Arrow Records. The album will have 11 tracks with help from a new bird in the nest, the North Mississippi All-Stars frontman Luther Dickinson. Similarly, the All-Stars have a new album coming out too in January.

Moz tells NME to "Shut Your Mouth" as he is suing them for defamation. Moz feels that NME twisted his words to make him sound like a racist after printing comments on the "immigration explosion" in England.

This is not news that I like to share. Speaking of Skynyrd from an earlier post, Artimus Pyle, not the O.G. drummer, but the drummer of prominence and of their hey-day, was arrested in Florida for the second time after failing to register as a sex offender. More here.

And finally, daredevil Evel Knievel died on Friday at the age of 69 in Clearwater, Florida. Knievel, known for his death-defying stunts and long distance jumps, complained of breathing problems while at his condo on Friday night. He died before an ambulance could get him to the hospital. After all these years, who would have thought that not breathing would be enough to silence Evel. Not me. Rest in Peace, Good Sir.


Congrats to the Essence of Rock N Roll (aka Byron) and to his bride to be Kelly Marie. Both are good friends of us here at SDB and they were engaged in Nashville this weekend! Congrats to them. They are getting married next fall, on a home football Saturday of course. Why? I don't know- they tried to explain, but I can't remember...too many gameday drinks. We have almost a year to get them to move the wedding to the next off week. That's the goal.

Congrats Guys! If you know'em, holler at them. If not, you should. They are good people...well, she is. He's one of us.

"Blue Sunday" will be a Super Sunday

From Tom Petty's myspace:

Broadcast to nearly 1 billion people in over 230 countries and territories worldwide, the Super Bowl is the marquee event of American sport and television.Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will rock this year's Super Bowl Halftime Show as legendary talent such as Prince, Paul McCartney, and The Rolling Stones have in recent years.Superbowl XLII will be broadcast on FOX on February 3, 2008.

Read the NFL Press Release

Watch the trailer below...(I can't believe there is a trailer. Wait, yes I can.)


Six words for you:

"Oh My, My!! Oh Hell Yes!!"

In the Days of My Youth

It was rumored today that mother-effing Led Zeppelin will headline Bonnaroo 2008. Reports have been circulating that Zep will announce this after their make-up Atlantic Records Tribute show this weekend in London. Ian Astbury of The Cult announced (prematurely) blurted out last month in Cincinnati that The newly reunited Cult will be opening for Zep in '08. I guess we will see for both bits of speculation.

As for more speculation, also rumored to be on the Bonnaroo bill will be Metallica, in support of their upcoming 2008 release.

I don't know yet how I feel about either of these possible announcements (not counting the Cult opening slot...does that really matter). One of these is huge! One of these is not. Can you can which one is which?

Now, I am not a big fan of all of the recent (in the last ten years, Thanks KISS) reunion tours, which seem to be about, no, Money?? This reunion rash has included every big group from the past forty years that has at least one original member left...Guns 'N Roses, Skynyrd. Others with more than just one member: Fleetwood Mac, the aforementioned KISS, the Dead, The Who. And those with most or all of the original/main members: the Police, Eagles, the E Street Band, Black Sabbath.

Lorne Michaels can keep trying for the Beatles if he wants...If Nirvana reunite, I effing quit. And Elvis and Johnny Cash too. I swear I will.

Countless others. There are more everyday. As quickly as they break up, they reunite. As one band breaks up, two more reunite. Like cockroaches coming back from the dead, except they never really were dead, they just went on an indefinite hiatus due to musical differences, drug problems, groupies/girlfriends/wives/ex-wives and royalty checks.

"We need that money, uhh, I meant that we miss the music, and we have so much still to say."

But this IS Zeppelin we are talking about. The greatest rock band of all time, and it's not like they are reuniting with some jobbers filling in. It will be 3/4 of them, and Bonzo's boy on the see-through skins (I hope they are at least), so it's not like it's Axl and some guys off the street that were hanging out in front of the liquor store. This is Jimmy, John Paul and Robert, with Jason filling in for his daddy, the original God of Thunder. So I guess I can kinda look past this as just a reunion show/tour type of deal, and look at it as a learning experience, a cultural, historical and cataclysmic event in the life of and for the generation of those of us that had the (mis)fortune of being born too late to see the real thing in real life. In the days of my youth I still was not around for even latter day Zep: just eleven days too late.

Now IF we get the reunion version of Zep (and that's still a pretty big IF), I reckon that it's alright with me. Zeppelin just happen to be the soundtrack and background music for Monday Night Football tonight too, promoting Mothership. Ironic? Coincidence? I like to think not. Not that the 'Roo and MNF have anything in common...except that they are both hopefully featuring the Gods' hammers. ...And they are on the cover of the new Rolling Stone, that came in the mail today too.

Now, Metallica, hmm, not so much anymore...maybe if they play a bunch of old stuff...and don't threaten to sue me again (God, I wish I still had my Napster letter from the attorneys!). But they will be playing lots of new stuff, trying to hawk their new album and new material to all of us. But not me, and not the older kids that remember when Metallica meant something other than MP3s and haircuts.

There's always the youngsters with Daddy's dollar and no sense of history...suckers!