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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.

Day 1

Metal Mulisha

The Metal Mulisha jump show was great, as always.

Hollywood Undead

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.

More photos if you click Read More…

October 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Concerts, KCAL Crew, KCAL Rocks, Lifestyle | 1 comment

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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:

Night Ranger

When You Close Your Eyes
Sister Christian
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:

October 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Concerts, KCAL Crew, KCAL Rocks | 1 comment

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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…

October 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Concerts, KCAL Crew, KCAL Rocks | No comment

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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…

October 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Concerts, KCAL Crew, KCAL Rocks, Lifestyle | No comment

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…

September 18, 2011 at 8:43 am | KCAL Crew, KCAL Rocks, Lifestyle, Technology | No comment

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.  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…

September 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm | 9/11, KCAL Crew, KCAL Rocks | No comment

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When someone mentions Def Leppard, or Heart, almost everyone knows who they’re talking about. Two of the greatest rock bands of all time. Last Wednesday, Def Leppard was at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Citywalk with Special Guest Heart – the opening act was Evan Watson. The short version: Great Show! The long version: It was a damn great show!

I have not been to the Gibson Amphitheatre since it was called Universal Amphitheatre, and that was a long time ago. I’m happy to say that this place rocks. I’ll talk about that more later, but lets get into the concert a bit…

September 13, 2011 at 10:41 am | Concerts, KCAL Crew, KCAL Rocks, Lifestyle | No comment

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Today I am picking something for the Android users. I have been watching this product for a long time, and the reviews rock. Beautiful Widgets from LevelUp Studio is exactly what it sounds like, a set of Widgets for Android devices such as clocks with weathers, weather widgets. It also includes a nice collection of toggle buttons to change the status of your device’s features. The toggles buttons include Brightness change, Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, Silent, Silent with Vibrate, Mobile, Plane mode, 4G, Auto-rotate. Since this pick is based on appearance, you really need to check it out for yourself.

Below is a video of the product:

August 28, 2011 at 7:59 am | KCAL Crew, KCAL Rocks, KCALFM.com, Lifestyle, Technology | No comment

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FREE APP ALERT!!

Today I have an iOS app from famed game developer id Software. Rage HD is a rails based first person shooter (FPS) that is set in the world of TV Game Shows. This is not primetime TV. Mutant Bash TV is a show where the contestant, that’s you, kills mutants. The problem is they are also trying to kill you. The game is really a teaser for the upcoming console and PC game arriving later this year. I am not normally a rails-shooter fan, but this is a nice interpretation of the genre. If you have never played a rails shooter, imagine you are at an amusement park on one of those rides where the car takes you through and turns you around while shoot the targets. The old arcade game Time Crisis is also a great example.

In Rage HD most of your movement is scripted, but…

August 21, 2011 at 8:14 am | KCAL Crew, KCAL Rocks, KCALFM.com, Lifestyle, Technology | No comment

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Today’s pick is a game called Cut The Rope from ZeptoLab. In Cut The Rope, your goal is to feed the monster Om Nom. He likes Candy, but you also collect stars at each stage, and break bubbles along the way. Sounds easy, but there are obstacles and enemies that make a simple feeding more difficult. The best way to describe the game is to say it’s award winning:

Best Handheld Game — BAFTA Awards 2011
Most Innovative Game— Pocket Gamer Awards 2011
Best Casual/Puzzle Game — Pocket Gamer Awards 2011
Best Handheld Game — Game Developers Choice Awards 2011
Best Puzzle Game — Best App Ever Awards 2010

The thing that caught my attention about this game were…

August 14, 2011 at 7:16 am | KCAL Crew, KCAL Rocks, Lifestyle, Technology | No comment

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