Last Saturday, the band Heart headlined the annual Cal State Fullerton “Front & Center” benefitÂ at The Honda Center in Anaheim. I have mentioned Heart before, and have seen them live many times. I still think Ann Wilson has _the_ single greatest female rock voice of all time, and top ten when the “female” qualifier is removed.
Saturday was like any Heart show before… great. The set list reads like the greatest hits of a generation, and when Heart does Zep… wow. Based on the new single they played, look for some great new Heart coming soon.
Here are a few pics:
Last Saturday night, Avenged Sevenfold was in town at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. I had not been to CBBA before, and I must say that it’s a great place for a show. Big arena feel, but on a smaller scale. The staff was great, and the rock was fantastic. Below are a few of the photos I took at the show – including the opening acts Asking Alexandria and Hollywood Undead.
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Last night, Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh performed at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside for a great show, at what is quickly becoming an inland concert jewel.
I’ve seen Joe Walsh live 3 times, over as many decades. Yeah, Joe Walsh has been around awhile – I guess that means I have too. The first time was in the 70′s, and the best I can remember he opened for Elton John and The Beach Boys (fuzzy times those 70′s). The second time was my introduction to The Fender Center in Corona during a fundraiser there, a show that changed a lot in my life. The third was last night.
Joe Walsh is a perfect fit for…
Last weekend was the 48 Hours Festival in Las Vegas. Two great days, with great line-ups, on the Vegas strip. I took 768 photos, which I have narrowed to 28 for posting here at kcalfm.com. I did an earlier post with half the photos for Day 1.
Three Days Grace on the Red Carpet. They hung out by their bus next to the media center good part of the afternoon.
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Last weekend was the 48 Hours Festival in Las Vegas. Two great days, with great line-ups, on the strip. I took 768 photos, which I have narrowed to 28 for posting here at kcalfm.com. There is a second post with half of the photos for Day 2.
The Metal Mulisha jump show was great, as always.
Hollywood Undead on the Red Carpet.
Hollywood Undead was another one I enjoyed seeing. The sun on Saturday was deadly, so I bought the only hat I could find – Hollywood Undead. When they were in the press area I think the hat helped. Gotta say, nice guys. They hung around for awhile and that really made me want to check them out. Great show.
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Last week at The Hollywood Bowl, the band Journey headlined a show that featured two other bands – Night Ranger & Foreigner – from what many consider one of the best eras of rock. I would guess that Journey, Night Ranger and Foreigner are on as many iPods today as any other band. Everyone knows the songs:
When You Close Your Eyes
Don’t Tell Me You Love Me
(You Can Still) Rock In America
The opening act was Night Ranger, and as expected, they delivered. Here are a few shots:
Last Wednesday night, at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, BB King was in concert with Kenny Wayne Shepherd as the opening act. I love the blues, and specifically blues-rock. So much of rock as we know it today is based on the blues. All the big names, from Zep and the Stones, to Stevie Ray, were in some way influenced by the blues. Someone at the show mentioned that BB King was a legend. I think he is more than that. BB King is what normal everyday legends call a legend, and at 86 he is still going…
Last night at The Fender Center in Corona was the Steve Miller Rock Symphony. It’s happening again tonight in Temecula. I was the event photographer, and that gave me access to see Steve Miller – The Man, and I have to say it…
Steve Miller is My New Hero
The Fender Center has a program called Kid’s Rock Free that provides free, or low cost, music lessons for kids. It’s a great program, and one I am big supporter of. My son was in the program, and he ended up as the drummer in one of the Kid’s Rock Free bands – The Fender Benders. When my son was in the band he opened for Paul Rodgers. That’s a great opportunity for a kid! The current version of The Fender Benders opened the show last night. Two of the kids from another Kids Rock Free band, The Igniters, have been joining Steve on stage around the country, and last night was no exception. Matt and Dylan rocked.
The goal of last night’s show…
I can’t believe I have not done today’s app before. Netflix is the standard for streaming movies, and with apps available for Android, Windows Phone and iOS, it is a must have for any Netflix user. Netflix has recently made some controversial changes to it’s price structure, but if you still have streaming get this app now.
Netflix is available on so many devices…
Most of my life, for the past 18 years, has revolved around my son. He’s 18 now, but on September 11, 2001 he was 8. Â I was the stay-at-home dad. Get the kid ready in the morning, get him to school, and pick him up after school. Like most parents, I wondered what his future would be like, what the world of my adult son would be like. Well, he’s an adult now and I never could have imagined how the world he would grow up in would change that morning.
I never watch TV in the morning, but that day was different. I’m not sure why I turned on the news that day and, after reading some other 9/11 posts, it seems that is a common thread. People that normally would not be watching news in the morning turned on the TV _that_ morning. By the end of the morning, the entire country seemed to be watching – connected by tragedy, anger, fear and loss. As the news channels did 10 years ago, today they are playing those scenes that I can see in mind, even when the TV is off. The sense of loss is just as great today. The feeling I had 10 years ago, as I watched the towers fall, is almost paralyzing.
In the days, weeks, and years that followed we were also inspired. Inspired by the heroic acts of the first responders, and the bravery of those that risked their lives to save others. That is the world I see my son growing up in now. A country that was forever changed, but united. I’d like to take a moment to thank the firefighters, law enforcement personnel, military, and civilians that help to make this country safe for future generations.
Below is an infographic summary of the tragedy of 9/11 and the past 10 years…