February 7, 2012 has long time Van Halen fans crazed withanticipation. The media blitz that has been unleashed this month isunparalleled in VH history. There are no arguments as to who was thebetter lead singer anymore, just whether the material matches up todays gone by. The banter over many of the songs being “old”unreleased work that has been revamped and whether it actuallyqualifies as “new” rages on throughout the net and various mediaoutlets. We VH fans are a finicky bunch.
Having been an unabashed fan since “Dance the Night Away” ruled AMradio, my anticipation for any release... Read More
Bootsy Collins Funky Gooves at 2012 NAMM Show
By Ricky Richardson
Anaheim-It's a wrap! The 110th Annual NAMM Show concluded on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012. I'm sure that another attendance record was broken when the official numbers are officially released. NAMM continues to be an economic boom for Anaheim and surrounding cities. The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) today announced the final registration and exhibitor numbers for the 2012 NAMM Show, the largest and longest-running musical instruments and products trade show in the United States. At show close,... Read More
Deja Vu at the Tampa Black Heritage Festival
By Ricky Richardson
Tampa-I had the pleasure of returning to my hometown for the 12th Annual Tampa Black Heritage Festival "Celebrating the Heart and Soul of Tampa Bay." This fantastic festival is a ten-day cultural event that features local and nationally known speakers, musicians, artists, poets, lecturers and craftspeople and a film night.The festival traditionally begins January 12th, which is the weekend before and concludes the weekend after the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, January 21, to promote diversity and cultural... Read More
10th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration in Leimert Park Village
Los Angeles-It was a bright sun, shiny day in Los Angeles on Saturday, December 31st.This was good news to Ngoma and Karimu of the Kwanzaa Heritage Foundation as the fog burnt off before the start of the festival.
The Vision Theatre Backlot was filled with people from the community, gathered to celebrate the 10th Annual Kwanzaa Parade and Festival in Leimert Park Village. I arrived just in time to catch the parade as it snaked around Leimert Park and made it's way back to the festival site.This years theme was Keep Pushin'... Read More
December 7, 2011 Black label Society and Guns n Roses hit the intimate Covelli Center in Youngstown, Ohio. With the capability of drawing in Cleveland and Pittsburgh fans, as well as the host city and surrounding areas, Covelli Center was a perfect choice. Doors opened at the unusual late hour of 8PM, presumably to accommodate Axl’s notorious late starts. The place was packed to the rafters with blue collar descended fans whom love and covet their serious rock n roll. In fact the first 30 or so rows of seats were removed at Axl’s request to provide a more intimate and show. Starting to pack... Read More
I had just finished a great show at Nectars, in Burlington Vermont. Nectar's was the spot. All the big hitters, small timers, artist neophytes and eclectics congregated there. The Spring Heeled Jacks and Phish were the main draws in the mid-90's. I fronted the Jacks. After the show I was approached by Gary Lemieux. Gary is the Production Manager at the Flynn Theater in Burlington, and a good friend of my Dad. Gary indicated that they needed a "runner' for the Dylan show the following day. A runner is a person that handles all the small miscellaneous errands that you and I take for granted.... Read More
Rolling Stone gathered a panel of some of the world's top guitarists and guitar experts and asked them to rank their favorite guitarists and explain what it is that seperates "legends" from the rest if the greats.
Die hard guitar fans won't be in the least surprised to know that the 1960s legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix tops the list. The Top Ten in order according to the Rolling Stone "survey" are:
1. Jimi Hendrix,
2. Eric Clapton,
3. Jimmy Page,
4. Keith Richards,
5. Jeff Beck
6. BB King,
7. Chuck Berry,
8. Eddie Van Halen,... Read More
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talent personified a Ric? That i could play a guitar half decent...these entertainers have earned their places that's for sure. Nice post and i like the inference of education for youth and or anyone attending for that matter. Fun filled daze to soak...