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Prince of Darkness 101

June 16, 2010

Even though I’m not proud of this fact, I will admit it – I didn’t become a fan of Ozzy Osbourne until MTV put his family on the air. I knew who he was, but didn’t start getting into his tunes until I saw the show. I watched The Osbournes every week, and even purchased the show’s soundtrack album (which has some great tunes on it, so check it out before you judge me!).

Here’s a clip that always makes me laugh. Ozzy and Sharon are checking out the stage setup for his upcoming tour, and the he’s not altogether pleased with what he sees. The video quality is terrible and it has German subtitles, but it gets the point across. WARNING: there are multiple “f”-bombs, so adjust your volume accordingly.

Soon after the show debuted, I learned more about the Prince of Darkness. Like many rockers, he was not kind to his body. All kinds of drugs (and mammals) entered his system for decades, and he continued to struggle with medications during and following the TV show’s run. Incredibly, he is still around and rocking the house.

He’s a fascinating man… and apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks so.

Scientists are now planning to study Ozzy’s genetic makeup in an effort to understand how the human body is able to withstand intense abuse. I’d love to see the results when they’re finished.

While they’re at it, maybe these scientists should also put in requests to Keith Richards and Scott Weiland. They would be likely also be interesting case studies.

Do you have any other suggestions for whom these scientists should bust out a Petri dish?

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Mele Kalikimaka!

December 25, 2009

A special holiday greeting and song for anyone out there in readerland. Please enjoy the following song, my favorite from Bing Crosby’s Christmas repertoire. 

Merry Christmas!

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Holiday Hero

December 24, 2009

We’ve all seen the houses that set their Christmas lights up to go along with the radio or to a TSO song. Well, these people went above and beyond.

Stepping it up this Christmas are the people who decided to bring Guitar Hero outdoors and set it up to interact with the lights on their house. Now this is pretty stellar.

Enjoy!

Happy holidays, all!

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QBS (quiet backstage)

November 16, 2009

I love theater. My mom introduced me to it at an early age, instilling in me a love for all things Broadway. This has also carried over to my love of movie musicals. In high school, I was a proud member of the Drama Club (International Thespian Society member, Troupe 980), and was a techie for 3 years for various productions. I did props, house and foley (spread over two shows) before moving on up to serve as stage manager for Anything Goes, and student director for Inspecting Carol, Schoolhouse Rock and The Life and Death of Almost Everybody. Needless to say, I was (and am) a drama geek.

And with that said, I’d like to respond to a comment left on my post about the concerts I’ve seen by sharing the professional theatrical productions I have attended.

Broadway shows I have seen:

  • Cats
  • Grease
  • Jekyll & Hyde
  • Saturday Night Fever
  • Footloose
  • RENT (3 times on Broadway)
  • Phantom of the Opera (2 times)
  • Rocky Horror Show
  • Swing!
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Spamalot
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Lennon
  • Avenue Q
  • Wicked
  • White Christmas
  • Guys & Dolls (2009)

Off-Broadway shows I have seen:

  • Top Dog Underdog (limited engagement play)
  • The Vagina Monologues

Other productions I’ve seen (and locations):

There are countless more school and community theater shows that I did not mention for lack of memory or time. Please feel free to suggest a show to me because there really is nothing like a night of theater. And to those who know me best – did I forget any?

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Get up and swing!

November 15, 2009

On Friday night, we went to see this amazing band at an area venue.

It was so much fun! This was my first time seeing them (not so for the mister, who has seen them a few times), and it got me thinking about all of the bands/acts I have seen. There aren’t a ton, but I think I’ve done pretty well for myself.

My very first major music show was in 2003 to see Ringo Starr with my mom. We had a blast! And I think it was only fitting that my first concert was a former member of my favorite band of all time. So with that in mind, here are the groups/people I have seen along with the venue at which I saw them, in as close to chronological order as I can manage:

  • Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band 2003, with Colin Hay, Paul Carrack, John Waite and Sheila E. (Radio City Music Hall)
  • Third Eye Blind, Josh Kelley [opener] (QU)
  • Allister (QU)
  • Josh Kelley (Toad’s Place)
  • Vanessa Carlton (QU)
  • Gaelic Storm (Choate Rosemary Hall)
  • Barenaked Ladies (Mohegan Sun)
  • Bouncing Souls, The Loved Ones [opener] (QU)
  • Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band 2006, with Billy Squier, Richard Marx, Edgar Winter, Rod Argent, Hamish Stuart and Sheila E. (Mohegan Sun)
  • Play Magazine’s 3rd Big Birthday Bash, featuring The Queen Killing Kings and The Lemonheads (Toad’s Place)
  • A Moment’s Worth (Arlene’s Grocery)
  • Fort Minor, Ghostface Killa [opener] (Nokia Theater)
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Steven Tyler [special guest, encore] (Nassau Coliseum)
  • A Moment’s Worth (The Space)
  • Spice Girls (Prudential Center)
  • Stone Temple Pilots (Chevrolet Theater)
  • Elliott Yamin, The Last Goodnight [opener] (The Webster)
  • Billy Joel (Mohegan Sun)
  • Paul McCartney (Citi Field)
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Jorgensen Center)

Now if you compare me to the average person, I may seem to have been to a fair amount of concerts. Compare me to my mister, however, and I fall way behind. He guesstimates that he has been to somewhere in the range of 150-200 concerts, including some festival shows where he saw numerous acts in one day… Yea, I know!

While there is no way I will ever achieve his musical greatness, I can enjoy the ones I have been to, and look forward to some more in the future. Any suggestions for what my next one should be?