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Happy Birthday Ian Hunter!!!

Ian HunterIan Hunter at Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, May 1, 2011

(My husband, Dennis took this photo!)

Ian Hunter's GuitarIan Hunter’s guitar

(Dennis took this photo too, we walked on stage after the show)

Maryanne and Steve HolleyMe and Steve Holley (who played with Ian Hunter at Hoboken Music Fest, 2011)

Ian Hunter is 73 today!

Ian Hunter has always been a hit on my home stereo system. I loved him and Mott the Hoople since I was 13.

Two years ago it was so amazing to see him perform live and be so close to the stage at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

Here are some of my favorite Ian Hunter songs:

“You Nearly Did Me In” Ian Hunter (Listen to the background vocals, it’s Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and Brian May!)

“Irene Wilde” (A gorgeous song, I carried a lyric from this song in my wallet for many years!)

3,000 Miles From Here

And some from his band Mott the Hoople (who performed with Queen in the early days)

All the Young Dudes

Drivin’ Sister Rock & Roll

And here’s “Sweet Jane” from the concert I saw!

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Happy Birthday to Tom Keifer!

Tom KeiferTom Keifer (Photo swiped from Google search)

Happy Birthday to Tom Keifer of Cinderella.

I had the pleasure of seeing them perform a couple summers ago when my husband’s (Dennis Lords/bass) band, Pharoah, warmed up for them at Starland Ballroom, New Jersey.

Here’s a great song by Cinderella, “Nobody’s Fool.” Tom’s voice is so gorgeous!

And since I mentioned Pharoah, here’s a video of them (not from the Cinderella show, but around the same time):

Christmas Wrapping

Christmas wrapping

Another one of my FAVORITE Christmas songs is Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.

I remember the first time I heard it was in a nightclub called Aldo’s in New Jersey. It was the last song played and then the lights went on. Everyone was in a festive mood and some of us were still singing, “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas” long after the lights went on and the music (and drinks) stopped.

Hooray for the Waitresses for creating some stellar Christmas magic for us new wave fans on the onset of rap music in 1981, hence the clever name “Christmas Wrapping” (rapping).

ENJOY!

Christmas Wrapping

The WaitressesThe Waitresses

The Winter Song

Photo by Dennis Mistretta

It’s like a winter wonderland here in Union County, New Jersey! The above photo was taken by my husband. I love this chubby squirrel! It was nice having the afternoon alone together with the kitties, watching the snow fall. It’s wonderful how the snow slows everything down and makes it so peaceful and snuggly.

So, I am inspired to post a beautiful winter song by Angel that I loved since it came out in the 1970s.

THE WINTER SONG by ANGEL

And if that wasn’t pretty enough for you, here’s the Christmas version of the same song.  My sister, Kim, loves this song. My great grandmother used to love this song too. It has to be one of the BEST Christmas songs ever recorded!

THE CHRISTMAS SONG by Angel

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CLEM BURKE!

Another ultra cool musician from NEW JERSEY!

One time in the early 1990s I was on my way to a show in NYC via Path station. My friend recognized Clem Burke and wanted to go talk to him.

I said, “No, don’t bother him.”

I don’t like to bother famous musicians in their spare time. If they are at an event where it’s all about them, or if I am interviewing them, that’s a different story. But from what I’ve read he’s very humble.

Clem, to me, was always an exceptional drummer. Definitely one of my favorites.

Here’s why:

Clem Burke Drumming Project

Clem is probably best known for his work in Blondie, but he has performed with so many other famous musicians and bands including Iggy Pop, Pete Townsend, Chequered Past, The Fleshtones and Joan Jett — to name a few!

Here’s a great live performance showing off his amazing drum techniques:

Dreaming by Blondie featuring Clem Burke on drums

Happy Birthday Joe Walsh, and a Shout Out to His Brother Mark Walsh

Joe Walsh

Happy Birthday to Joe Walsh, musician/songwriter known for his work in James Gang, Eagles and solo efforts and noted by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

I’m proud to note that in his early years Joe Walsh lived in my former hometown of Montclair, New Jersey for awhile and attended Montclair High School.

Here’s Joe Walsh performing with James Gang in 1970:

Walk Away

And while we’re on the topic of Joe Walsh, I want to give a shout out to his brother, Mark Walsh who is also a super talented musician, living in New Jersey: http://www.markwalshrocks.com/

Mark Walsh

Which brings me to one of my favorite musical memories …

Several years ago, I believe it was New Year’s Eve 2007 or 2008, Mark Walsh had performed at First Night in Montclair. Prior to the show I interviewed Mark Walsh for The Montclair Times.

So on New Year’s Eve, I had the opportunity to cover the Fab Faux show at a church called Outpost in the Burbs. I was hanging out with my husband (then boyfriend) Dennis and our friend Vinnie. We had front row for all three shows and then got to hang out backstage.

After the show it was very late, after midnight. Fireworks were going off, friends were calling me on my cell and it was just a happy, magical night.

We all went into a  restaurant on Church Street for a bite to eat and Mark Walsh was there playing piano, upstairs in a more intimate setting, away from the crowd. He remembered me from the interview. When he took a break and had a bite to eat, he left his band mates to sit and dine with me, Dennis and Vinnie.

Truly a night to remember! Mark Walsh is a super cool guy and plays piano beautifully. An act not to be missed!

Our New Jersey Shore Will Make a Come Back!

Me on the beach in Spring Lake

Love and prayers to all who have been hurt by Hurricane Sandy.

Enjoy New Jersey’s come-back anthem:

BORN TO RUN

Peter Lemongello – Love ’76

PETER LEMONGELLO.

I vaguely remember him and the 1976 commercial that took this former cabaret singer to new heights in his career. The kitschy commercial helped him become the first person to sell over a million records via television marketing.

Peter Lemongello went on to perform at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.

I found his website: http://www.plemongello.com/ and see that time was very good to this man, he looks great! He is still performing in Florida, where he resides.

I also found his Twitter account, but see that he hasn’t updated since 2009. Shame I didn’t realize he performed at Trumpets, in Montclair, New Jersey in 2009. I would have went. As a reporter I covered quite a few acts that performed at Trumpets.

According to Wikipedia, what Lemongello accomplished is still being studied at college marketing courses and in advertising agencies.

Genius!

Happy Birthday Paul Cook

Silly Thing, one of my favorite songs by Paul Cook & Steve Jones:

Silly Thing

Paul Cook is most famous for being a drummer for the Sex Pistols. But he’s been in other great bands too, The Professionals, Chequered Past and the Neurotic Outsiders — all good stuff! Anything the Paul Cook/Steve Jones team has done together is amazing.

Around 1980, I had the opportunity to meet Paul Cook. Well, it wasn’t exactly an “opportunity” — it’s just something that happened. As I mentioned many times before, in the “olden” days, all-ages shows were non-existent. I had followed The Professionals all over NYC when I was 17, going to see so many shows that their bassist recognized me and waved to me from the stage, as I always had a spot right in the front of the stage.. But I couldn’t get into any New Jersey nightclubs because the drinking age was 18 and New Jersey was a lot more strict than NYC (at least back in those days).

So, when they performed at Hitsville, in Passaic, New Jersey, I got the bright idea that if I couldn’t see The Professionals, I would MEET THE PROFESSIONALS!

My sister and I waited outside the back door of Hitsville. She was 14.

We somehow became friends with two of the doormen who worked there. As a station wagon pulled up into the Hitsville parking lot, the doorman said to me, “Maryanne, I’d follow that station wagon if I were you.”

Sure enough, I saw Paul Cook’s animated face looking out the window — and I was thrilled! I was about to meet two of the Sex Pistols!

The entire band was very nice to me and my little sister. And they were so funny.

When I was looking in my purse for a pen for the autographs, I found mascara that said “Professional” on it. I showed it to Steve Jones and he was joking around, trying to write with the mascara.

They signed my Professionals single and Steve Jones even tried to get his manager to get us into the show (but the manager ignored him, which was probably smart because we were underage).

The Professionals hung out with us for some time before they went in to do their show. Very cool guys, indeed! I give any musicians a ton of credit who could be so respectful to teenage girls.

Happy Birthday, Paul Cook — a Sex Pistol who once made two teenage girls very happy!

1998 Radio City Music Hall: Pretenders and B52s Double Bill

Photo by James Yeramian, found on Flickr

Late June, 1998, I had the pleasure to see a double bill with The Pretenders and B52s at Radio City Music Hall, NYC.

I was a fan of both bands and saw them both much earlier (on separate occasions) at the Capital Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey — all the back in 1980.

With an 18 year time difference between the times I saw both acts, I can’t honestly say which shows were better because both of these bands were always a class act.

Aside from all the great songs, dancing, people not being in their seats during almost the entire show, high energy, etc., there were three outstanding moments from this particular gig.

1. Shaking hands with Gene Simmons. The B52s were up first. Now, from day one, whenever I went to a concert my eyes are always pretty much glued to the stage. But when my friend Janet pointed out that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were sitting right behind us, so I had to look.

She was right. It was Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley at a B52s/Pretenders concert! How surreal.

I said hello to Gene Simmons and he shook my hand. He seemed very nice. Paul was sitting a bit further down, so I didn’t get to meet him that night, although I met him over 10 years earlier at a club in Brooklyn called L’Amour’s.

It was so surreal seeing two members of KISS with their girlfriends. (I’m not sure if it was Shannon who was with Gene, as this concert was way before the “KISS Family Jewels” show was on the air, so I didn’t really know who Shannon Tweed was). Both women were blonde and beautiful.

And it just goes to show that musicians love all kinds of music — not just the kind of music they perform. This is why music fans should stop referring to anything they think is “uncool” as a “guilty pleasure” because it’s all cool!

Gene and Paul left in the middle of the B52s set. I guess too many fans were staring at them.

2. Chrissie Hynde acknowledging the death of Wendy O. Williams. Two months prior to this show, Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics killed herself. This was a shocker to me. I heard the news via email from an editor I worked with briefly. The news broke my heart. I was a huge Plasmatics fan and saw their show pretty close to 10 times. I met Wendy once and she was nice to me. I always admired her strength and viewed her as a woman way ahead of her time. I took her death very hard.

I don’t know if Chrissie Hynde and Wendy O. Williams knew each other personally, but I do know they had a major common ground as they were both vegetarians. Wendy O. Williams was even on the cover of Vegetarian Times.

It was very sweet of Chrissie to acknowledge Wendy. That was so nice and unexpected. Kudos to Chrissie for doing that.

3. Chrissie Hynde dedicating “I’ll Stand By You” to “the animals.” Being an animal lover myself, this was a very poignant moment for me. I love that Chrissie Hynde does so much for the animals. Whenever that song comes on the radio, I remember this concert that I went to so very long ago and ever since hearing Chrissie’s dedication, I love that song even more.

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