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A 160 pound weakling by day, a 160 pound disc jockey by night, Sloppy Joe has no real super powers to speak of. But if he did, he would likely draw his super strength from bands like Van Halen, Rush, Ozzy, and Thin Lizzy. On the other hand, the Beach Boys, diet cola, and cottage cheese would be his kryptonite.

His Fortress of Solitude contains a righteous grill for tri-tip and glazed salmon in summertime, numerous guitars, a stinky pair of running shoes, a ridiculous CD/vinyl collection, 3 cats, a dog, and a bunch of books that he hasn’t gotten around to reading yet.

Mainly because of the dog.


Things that make you go "Hmmmmm..."

Eddie Van Halen has been in the studio with...wait for it...LL Cool J. They've been working on some sort of collaboration, and they say that details will be revealed on Monday. Is it a new LL tune sampling some classic VH? A mash up, perhaps? Maybe something like "And The Cradle Will Rock The Bells." Or, how about "Ain't Nobody Talkin' 'bout Love?" Beautiful Girls Big Ole Butts? Or, something completely new? We shall see...In the meantime, here's a pic of the two in the studio.

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Behind The Scenes of The Beatles Revolver

Interesting article from Guitar World about the recording of the Beatles "Revolver" album. The engineer was reprimanded by EMI for "microphone abuse." Nice...

http://www.guitarworld.com/guide-recording-equipment-songs-and-instruments-featured-beatles-revolver-album
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Headley Grange

I've been reading the new Jimmy Page book, "Light & Shade, Conversations with Jimmy Page." It's essentially a collection of interviews that he has done over the years with Brad Tolinski, editor of Guitar World magazine. The book provides some really interesting insights into the recording process of each of the Zeppelin albums, and Jimmy's approach to music, in general.

Several of their albums were recorded at a place called Headley Grange, which had been built in 1795. It was originally a workhouse for the poor, infirmed, and orphaned, and was also the site of a riot in 1830. At the time of Zeppelin's use of the house in the 70s, it was rumored to be haunted. According to Page, both Robert Plant and John Bonham were a bit creeped out by the place. Page, however, given his fascination with Crowley and the occult, loved it, and found its ambience to be quite inspiring. One certainly can't argue with the results they got while working there. I mean, Led Zeppelin 4, that did pretty OK, no?

And, of course, there's the legend about the black dog that was hanging around Headley while the band was recording, resulting in the song "Black Dog." I don't think the dog in this pic is the same dog, but looking at the house, it's easy to see how Page fell in love with it. Even though there was no functioning heating.

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Random thought for the day


It doesn't matter how cool any given guitarist is. They always look just a little bit cooler when playing a double neck guitar. For example, Jimmy Page without a double neck guitar...





And now, Jimmy WITH a double neck guitar...



On the other hand, there could be some guy in Chicago saying, "Oh, you say your guitar has two necks? How precious..."

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RUSH!!!

Rush are leading the fan vote for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2013. The Canadian trio has 24.59 percent of the vote, with Deep Purple at 17.09 percent and Heart at 12.44 percent rounding out the Top 3. The online voting ends on Monday.

Of course, this doesn't mean Rush have a shot of being inducted -- the fan vote counts as just one of the more than 600 ballots collected by the Hall. The other acts nominated are Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Kraftwerk, Procol Harum, N.W.A., Randy Newman, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Meters, The Marvelettes and Chic.

The Rock Hall's class of 2013 will be announced next month and inducted in Los Angeles on April 18th.

 


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New (gasp!) Soundgarden!

So, for the first time in 16 years, Soundgarden releases an album of all new material today. YOWZA! When they initially broke up in the late 90s, it came as a bit of a shock. Their last album, "Down On The Upside," was both a commercial and critical success, so one was left wondering why they would split up. At the time, the band felt they had taken Soundgarden as far as it could go, and therefore chose to call it a day before they started releasing sub-standard albums that would tarnish their legacy. Legit. So, fast forward to today, and the reunited band feel they have something new to offer. It's called "King Animal," it's out today, and I have no doubts that it will do their legacy justice. Welcome back, fellas!


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It's all about perspective...

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Happy Birthday SNL

Saturday Night Live debuted on this date in 1975. I remember seeing David Bowie perform on SNL in the late 70s, and something about his performance just really creeped out my 8 year old brain. I wasn't able to find any video of that performance (due to copywriting issues and whatnot), so I'm afraid I can't creep out YOUR brain with it. I can, however, provide you with THIS video (not nearly as creepy) of Green Day on SNL from the 90s!
 
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Mick Ronson

On this date in 1974, Spiders From Mars guitarist Mick Ronson joined Mott The Hoople. You know who was a big fan of Ronson? Randy Rhoads. Check out the pics below, see for yourself!

Here's a pic of Mick...



Annnnnd, here's a pic of Mr. Rhoads...

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Happy Birthday Joe Perry!

In celebration of Joe Perry's birthday, here's a shot of Joe from one of his many appearances at Day On The Green in Oakland. The dude just oozes cool!


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