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Today’s birthday extravaganza…

Being that today, December 18th, happens to be one of my nephews’ seventeenth birthday, I figured that I would also write about five other people (among the many listed on Wikipedia) whose birthday is also today.

Starting the list (in age-ascending order) is a wrestler known as Rob Van Dam, who was born December 18, 1970.  This high-flying (pun intended, as he also appeared in High Times magazine) superstar will forever hold a place in my heart because, although rumors tell that he is not a pleasant individual, he always puts on a great show.  Currently holding the TNA X-Division championship, he is a 42-year-old whiz in the ring.

Second on the list (wrestler, as well) is a beautiful bombshell named Trish Stratus.  Born in 1975, she has excelled in the world of “sports entertainment” where very few women have achieved her caliber.  A former manager, performer, superstar and champion (multiple times), she will be missed in the ring…except when she makes the occasional cameo (which does happen, a lot).

In keeping with the list of professional wrestlers, though, comes the most recognizable on the roster…Stone Cold Steve Austin.  A brilliant superstar that has entranced many for a generation, he was born in 1964 in Victoria, Texas on December 18th.  Not much I can really say about the man that many of you don’t already know.

So, to get to the two individuals from this blog’s genre…Mr. Elliot Easton, the left-handed guitarist from the late 70’s group, The Cars.  Born in December 18, 1953 in Brooklyn, NY, he has continued to impress audiences with his unique playing style (I cannot stop staring at a southpaw on guitar…most of you righties will say, “It’s backward” and I am a southpaw surrounded by righties and I agree that it looks wrong).  I have also discovered they have put out a new album in 2011 (their first in 24 years!!!) which I will have to add to my collection…shortly.

Now, for the oldest member of today’s birthday list…the man that STILL has people scratching their heads, as he turns 69 years old today…Mr. Keith Richards.  Born December 18th, 1943, his name is well-known in the industry, being that he is Number 4 on Rolling Stone magazines Top 100 guitarists.  You’ve probably been living under a rock (or not even born yet) to have not heard his name.

With this weird Tuesday edition from the left…/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ /,,,/

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For my “fans”…

This is just a short, quick reminder to myself about what I will be writing Saturday’s blog about…the 12-12-12 concert that was held last night.  Now, for those that watched the ENTIRE thing, please don’t say anything.  I caught a brief glimpse of Eric Clapton’s performance and, this morning, I had an attack on my conscience…by my own conscience.

My only thought that I had this morning was, “Damn it, dude…you write a blog about music…and you instead were watching “Arrow” (which is a GREAT show, by the way) while this generation’s Farm Aid was going down!!”  Needless to say, I will be watching what I can in the next two days to report my spin on things here on Saturday.

/,,,/ rock on dudez /,,,/ until then…

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Early posting…

Before I begin this trip to the future, I would just like to announce that today would have been the 56th birthday of one of the most influential guitarists of all-time, former Quiet Riot (and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist) Randy Rhoads.  Tragically taken from us on March 19, 1982 in a tragic plane crash, his unique playing style has been often imitated but can never be matched.

RIP Randy Rhoads…December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982…your light will forever be missed.


The next time I should be posting is Saturday, December 8.  However, due to the fact that I will not be in front of my computer (as I have to take care of family business), I have decided to post my next blog today.

December 8th is a day that will forever be linked to two of the most heinous crimes in human history.  The tragic deaths of John Lennon (1980) and Dimebag Darrell (2004) will be etched in everyone who every follows music for all eternity.  They are, and always will be, two of the biggest music pioneers that this planet will ever lay eyes on.

John Lennon, upon returning home one night with Yoko Ono to his New York apartment, was confronted by self-professed “fan” Mark David Chapman, and heinously gunned down in cold blood.

Dimebag Darrell, who was performing that night with his group Damageplan, was also gunned down by a guy named Nathan Gale but, due to the fact that Gale was killed on-sight, we will never know his motives…even though there is no excuse acceptable.

These two brilliant performers will forever be missed here…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ /,,,/

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December 3…

Today is a day that I would rather forget…but, due to the fact that certain times/dates stand out in my mind ALL THE TIME, I cannot and realistically don’t want to ever lose December 3rd from my memory.  Because, you see, it was actually one of the best days of my life…On this day, in 1998, I stood in front of a Justice of the Peace in my hometown and got married to my ex-wife.

Hindsight being 20-20, as always, it was supposed to be the best day of my miserable existence.  However, due to events that had yet to be foreseen, it is now just another in a long line of “happy misery” moments.

I’m sure many of you out there (if there are any of you) have different opinions about these things…and I don’t hate anyone for not sharing my opinion.  I just wanted to share with the group of my semi-joyous feelings about today and what it means to me.

Also notable is that fact that it happens to be the sixty-fourth birthday of former Black Sabbath frontman (and all-around great showman) Ozzy Osbourne…happy birthday, Ozzy!!!!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ /,,,/

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Saturday Spotlight, Vol. XI…

The eleventh edition of Saturday Spotlight will be taken by the group that should, easily, be the Number 11 group of my top favorites, as it is one of the most decent metal bands to not occupy my Top Ten list…Megadeth.  Formed in 1983 by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine, who definitely rivals current Metallica frontman James Hetfield in composing and performing, this quartet from Los Angeles has released thirteen albums and produced eight “video albums” to date.

They have been a mainstay in my collection since their second album, “Peace Sells…but Who’s Buying”, and have continued to be since releasing the album “Thirteen” in 2011.  Dave Mustaine’s often-controversial subject matter (drugs, politics, global annihilation, etc.) have overwhelmingly placed them as a group that will most certainly be elected to the Hall of Fame on their first ballot (if not, we should all riot LOL) because they, without a doubt, deserve to be there!

With a whopping forty-four singles to choose from, they will most assuredly “thrash” their way into your collection as well.

Short, sweet and from the left…/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ /,,,/

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A little insight…and please read the disclaimer…

DISCLAIMER:  Any statement made below is not meant to be directed at anyone or place blame on anyone.  Everything that is about to be said is the truth and any insinuations of blame by anyone is a product of their own imaginations.  Thank you and have a nice day!

1)  I am 41 years old at this moment and I have only driven a car (illegally, I might add) ONCE.  This is due to the fact that, living in Jersey City, I was close to all public transportation (that and the fact that I walked a lot as exercise).

2)  I act like I’m happy all the time…because it masks all the turmoil going on in my head at any given moment.

3)  During the first years of my separation, I was working myself into a frenzy for a man who couldn’t have cared less if he worked me to an early grave.  It was also the darkest times in terms of music, as most of my iPod was filled with black metal…and I loved it.

4)  I have two beautiful daughters, ages 20 and 12, and they mean the world to me…even though I consider myself to be worthless.

5)  I have always had a self-esteem issue…it comes from a childhood I would rather not discuss…and the fact that I caused my divorce from my soulmate only cements that.  In the ten years since, I haven’t dated…and will not because I let myself go (I’m not overweight, mind you, I just haven’t seen a dentist in quite a while due to lack of funds.)

6)  On the plus side of the spectrum, I was once a Size 40 when I was 18 years old.  Through some will and effort, I changed my diet and started walking everywhere.  I am still a Size 34!

And, finally, 7)  I am fanatical about the fact that I am a left-hander.  Case in point, today on Facebook, a friend of mine posted a comment about who the true minorities are (she must have been applying for a loan, or so I gathered from the context)…and I posted the following, “Southpaws…I should know, because I am one!”

On a final note, I would just like to say that the above statements are not being made to satiate anyone but me.  I need to put these things out there, so maybe people will understand what I am like as a human being.  The reason I started this blog was to forget about my career (23 years as a Customhouse broker {look it up…I know what I do LOL})…and maybe, just maybe, move towards a brighter future for myself.

/,,,/ rOcK oN DuDeZ /,,,/

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Spotlight, Vol. X…

For today’s edition of the Spotlight, I’m going to (oddly) focus on a band who lost their lead singer 21 years ago today, Queen.  Yes, we’re all familiar with “Wayne’s World”s rocking rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, but without Freddie Mercury’s stellar vocal range, we would probably have never experienced one of the Hall of Fame’s most memorable bands.

After 18 Number One albums, this band will hold a place in the hearts of many of my generation.  From the songs “Keep Yourself Alive” (1973) to the song that was the inspiration to a current pop-tart moniker, “Radio GaGa” (1984), this band has become a central part of many people’s collection (including my own).  Queen has certainly more than earned there place in Hall of Fame (2001) and will always be “Champions” of the industry.

Freddie Mercury, though, who passed away on November 24, 1991, ironically the day after announcing that he had AIDS, will forever hold a place in people’s hearts for the way he entertained us all…and is still unmatched in his Dionysian (godlike) performances.

Also, on the same day however, we also lost former KISS drummer, Eric Carr, who was only 41 years old when he succumbed to complications from heart cancer on this day in 1991.

From the left, and not likely to disappear (LOL), have a beautiful weekend!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ /,,,/

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Not taking it down…

After a week with no views, I have to post that I have gotten a few over the past two days (mostly by guilt-tripping people), so I cannot morally just leave this alone.

Also, being that this is Thanksgiving (one of my fav holidays {Father’s Day is another}), I feel that I should be thankful for being pushed ahead with this blog.  If I sit here in front of my computer, it should be for something constructive and this blog is actually helping me into the direction that I need to go.

I can’t continue to sit around, idling, while the world keeps turning and not follow my calling, which, contrary to my career, seems to be getting stronger as time goes on.  I may have to change what I want to write a book about but I still have time to ponder the various routes that can be taken.

More views from the left to come (can’t leave the Spotlight alone, either, so I’ll be here on Saturday with another)…

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ /,,,/


Done here…

When I started this blog back in August, I really thought that I was going to parlay this into something bigger and better, like trying to write a novel (which I’ve spoken about more than once).  However, being that only two people in my life have actually READ this blog, I think that it’s time to hang it up.
Now, I’m not going to delete it (someone, somewhere may want to peruse it {Hey, a man can dream!!})…I’m just going to leave it here, in cyberspace, where it belongs.  As for my bigger and better aspirations, I should know better that it just wasn’t meant to be.  I have to be honest, I have a career that pretty much takes all of my time.  I cannot squeeze time during my commute because I nap on the train (I do get up at 4:30 every morning, you know.)

If the above paragraph sounds like a bunch of excuses, well, so be it…you perceive anything you like.  With the final view from the left, take care all and may all of YOUR wishes and dreams come true!!!!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ /,,,/

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Volume IX…

For my next installment of the Saturday Spotlight, I figured that I would finish educating you about Within Temptation.  I think that, if I’ve mentioned someone on this blog, you shouldn’t be left in the dark as to why they have rated a mention.  This next post will give you an in-depth review of their five-album discography.

Created in 1996 by Dutchwoman Sharon den Adel and fellow Dutchman Robert Westerholt, this group has set my iTunes collection afire, with such hits as “The Howling” (all-time favorite; one listen and you’ll see why), “Angels”, “See Who I Am” (featuring Life of Agony vocalist, Keith Caputo), “Ice Queen”, “Mother Earth”, “Our Farewell”, and “Memories”.  This band’s current (5th) album, “The Unforgiving”, is a multimedia experience, as it is a concept album as well as a comic book series (which I don’t have but I would be willing to add to my expansive comic book collection) which tells a wicked story (won’t spoil it LOL).

This group will always hold a place in my collection because, although they have unfairly been compared to Evanescence, Sharon den Adel’s voice is superior to all, save Charlotte Wessels of Delain.  Her excellent (sometimes entrancing) vocals combined with the musical tones from the band is just something that you “have to be there to enjoy”.  Speaking of, they also have a lot of live albums that were released (mostly in Europe) which, if you can get your hands on them, you would also enjoy (because sometimes live music has a weirdness all its’ own).

Here, if it works, is the video of “The Howling”

With this week’s view from the left, have a beautiful weekend and we’ll do this again next Saturday (or before, if I can pry myself away from the book I need to severely get moving on…/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ /,,,/

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