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HIM – Starland Ballroom 12-11-14

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I’ve been a HIM fan almost 10 years now, though they’ve been around a lot longer. I first saw them at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC back in 2005.

Last night was the second time I saw them at Starland Ballroom. The sound was not the best, but they did all my favorite songs — songs I never saw them do live before, one great one after another, and a lot from my favorite album, “Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights.”

I was right in the front (stage left) but unfortunately couldn’t get a set list, so in no particular order, here’s some of my favorites: “Right Here in My Arms,” “Wicked Game,” “Rebel Yell,” Sacrament,” “Buried Alive By Love,” “Funeral of Hearts,” “Pretending,” “Heartache Every Moment,” “In Joy and Sorrow,” “Salt in Our Wounds.”

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SAM_6601Drummer, Mika Karppinen was nice to pose on a very cold night!

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Happy Birthday Les McKeown

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Happy 59th to the lead singer, during the most successful time of The Bay City Rollers in the 1970s. Currently they seem to still be going strong with Les leading the band again.

Check it out:

The Rollers are one band I didn’t get to see live, though I did meet them when they were recording an album in New Jersey, back around 1981, though Les wasn’t in the band during that time.

Here are some hit songs from their early years, with Les on lead vocal:

Happy Birthday to Paul Cowsill!

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Back: Me and my husband, Dennis

Front: Susan Cowsill and Bob Cowsill

(From Summer 2014)

Happy Birthday to a very down to earth legend — Paul Cowsill! It was such a blessing to go see The Cowsills over the summer when they performed in our neighboring state Pennsylvania. Here’s the blog I wrote back in August: https://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/the-cowsills-levitt-pavillion-bethlehem-pa-aug-31-2014/

Enjoy a few great tunes!

Happy National Saxophone Day!

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Happy National Saxophone Day!

The party is here! Here’s some good ones (and to make it extra special, they are all from the 1980s!):

 

The Cowsills, Levitt Pavillion, Bethlehem, PA, Aug. 31, 2014

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SAM_5907And I knew, I knew, I knew, I knew, they would make me happy, happy, happy!

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How can anyone not love The Cowsills? Their harmonies are off the hook and they had great, catchy hits. Even the more obscure songs are fantastic if you buy all their records and CDs, there’s so much to enjoy. Though they’re best known for “Hair,” “The Rain, the Park and Other Things,” and “Love American Style.” They’re the real family band The Partridge Family was emulated after.

Last night was the first time my husband and I saw them perform. They hit the stage and I heard the first note of “The Rain, the Park and Other Things” and like a big mush, tears fell from my eyes. It’s a beautiful, happy song and after hearing it since I was a little girl…

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Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

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Last night my husband and I saw the movie “Jersey Boys” which was really great! And of course, being a Jersey Girl, I loved all the New Jersey references.

And, super cool, that one of the actors in the movie, early on, I interviewed a few years ago! If you’re a Sopranos fan, you’ll know who I’m talking about, check it out: http://maryannemistretta.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/a-sauce-to-die-for/

My husband and I got to see Frankie Valli perform a few years ago in Newark.

Here’s some of my favorite songs over the years:

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Music for National Singles Awareness Day

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Today is National Singles Awareness Day, a humorous holiday celebrated by those not in a romantic relationship.

But when I hear “singles” I’m not thinking of unpaired people, as a music lover what comes to mind is those 45 rpm records, the little ones. Since I love music so much, I have a 45 rpm spindle (used for singles) tattooed on my wrist, though my wrist is small the tattoo artist had to re-size the spindle in his outline.

So to celebrate records — the little ones of course — I want to share some of my favorite singles I had as a kid and  teenager. And for extra fun, I’m going to post the ones that actually show the sleeve or label. ENJOY, it’s quite the variety. (And some of these I played when I deejayed in NYC!)

Frank Secich (Musician/Songwriter/Producer)

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Not too long ago on Face Book, WDVR DJ Deirdre Gilmartin recommended Frank Secich as a friend. Then I was thrilled to find out Frank not only played on a Stiv Bators albums (including “Disconnected” which is one of my favorite albums of all time!) but he also wrote quite a few songs I absolutely loved since I was 18-years-old and STILL LOVE: “A Million Miles Away” and “Evil Boy.” In fact, I played “Evil Boy” when I deejayed John Holmstrom’s 50th Birthday Bash back in 2001!

I quickly learned Frank is a super great guy and I loved his song, “Johnny Sincere” from his newest band, Deadbeat Poets (around since 2006). The first time I heard “Johnny Sincere” I loved it so much I played it three times in a row. Frank and I became Face Book friends and he was cool enough…

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Gary Numan at Vintage Vinyl, 10-28-13

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Tonight was amazing!

I drove over to Vintage Vinyl around 5:30 in anticipation of Gary Numan’s in-store performance.

It was so cool, I waited outside (gorgeous NJ day) and met some very nice people. Gary Numan and his band performed for about 45 minutes, then his fans were able to meet him and get his autograph.

Most of the fun was waiting on line. I met three new girlfriends and we talked so much about music, music, music!

Then the magical moment of meeting music icon Gary Numan. He was so very nice.

A fun night had by all!

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When Our Idols Fall

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(Photo swiped from Google Search)

By now everyone has read the news, Peter Murphy pleads guilty to meth possession in hit and run, three years probation: http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2013/10/14/peter-murphy-peads-guilty-meth-probation/

Nothing new for someone famous, this happens all the time … but the problem with this certain circumstance is this is PETER MURPHY!

For those who don’t know who Peter Murphy is, he was the lead singer in Bauhaus, the dark wave band popular in the early 1980s, partially due to their appearance in “The Hunger” starring David Bowie, Catherine Denevue and Susan Sarandon.

After Bauhaus, Peter Murphy had several solo albums, many with inspiring spiritual messages. It’s was Peter Murphy’s song “Socrates the Python” that made me seek out the philosophical works of George Gurdjieff, which was considered underground in the mid-1980s — only friends from California “got it” and I had to walk around with brown…

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