Sunday, November 22, 2009

Train Live at Northern Lights - Hey Soul Sister

Train Live at Northern Lights performing their hit "Hey Soul Sister"

Train Live at Northern Lights - Cab

Train Live at Northern Lights performing their hit "Cab"

Train Live at Northern Lights - Calling All Angels

Train Live at Northern Lights performing their hit "Calling All Angels"

Train Live at Northern Lights - Dream On

Train Live at Northern Lights performing a cover of Aerosmith's "Dream On"

Train Live at Northern Lights - Drops Of Jupiter

Train Live at Northern Lights performing their hit "Drops of Jupiter"

Train Live at Northern Lights - Going to California

Train Live at Northern Lights performing a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Going To California"

Train Live at Northern Lights - Meet Virginia

Train Live at Northern Lights performing their hit "Meet Virginia"

Train Live at Northern Lights - Ramble On

Train Live at Northern Lights performing a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Ramble On"

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Toasted in Toronto

Note: Pictures from this event can be seen by clicking here.

There are two ways you can tell I'm hammered.

1. I'm dancing.
2. I'm saying "dude" a lot.

On Friday night January 2, 2009 I was in Toronto dancing and saying "dude" to my cousin. A lot.

Totally toasted and having the time of my life.

A few months ago, my cousin Garrett asked me if I'd be interested in going to Toronto with him for the International Bowl on January 3rd. I said, "Hell yeah!"

So on the morning of Jan 2 I headed out to his place in Syracuse and from there we made the trip up to Toronto. We pulled out of his place around 12:45 and, because of heavy traffic going across the border, didn't arrive at our hotel until somewhere around 6:00 or so. Check in, get our stuff in our room and head out for a bite to eat. First things first though...exchange some real money for some of that Canadian monopoly money. This is where we got ripped off...I cashed in 200 bucks and only got 206 and some change back. The exchange dude fucker took a 15% cut.

Oh well.

Let's find a place to eat. Go to the Hard Rock. 45 minute wait. Alright, we'll find another place. We're downtown, there's lots of places. So we walk up the street looking for a place. Go into this one steakhouse...look at the menu...too expensive and we're underdressed for the atmosphere of this place anyway. Maybe if I were with a chick...

We finally find this pub (more than 45 minutes later) inside the Eaton Centre which is a huge-ass mall (and, incidentally, where the money exchange place was). We order one appetizer plate of chicken bites to share and we each order a bacon cheeseburger which comes with fries. No drinks, just water. Tab comes to 50 bucks with the tip. For a couple of cheeseburgers and some fried chicken bites. Holy shit, this is an expensive country! But it's all good 'cause it's monopoly money I'm spending.

Alright, our bellies are full so now it's off to the liquor store to pick up some stuff so we can pregame a little before heading out to party it up Canadian style. Liquor ain't cheap in this country either. I buy myself a 750ml can of Molson Black, he gets some carbonated thing that's got liquor in it that he's going to mix with the vodka he brought with him in a flask. He didn't realize it was carbonated when he bought it. Carbonation wreaks havoc with his stomach. Drinks it anyway. So we polish that stuff off in our hotel room, change our clothes and head out.

It's motherfucking cold. On our walk to the bar which was probably close to a mile away we see a homeless guy sleeping on cardboard boxes. Dude, if you're gonna be homeless, hitch a ride to Mexico. It's way warmer. Get to the bar...a place called Crocodile Rock which is kind of a combination of sports bar and dance club. 5 dollar cover. Monopoly money. Place is packed. Buy a beer. $5.25. Just keep telling yourself it's monopoly money, Dave.

So after a few, I'm feeling pretty good. We drag our asses up to the dance floor and just have ourselves a good old time. Plenty of hot chicks (mostly from America and there for the game). Fast forward ahead a little bit. I realize my beer is empty and it's time for my 9th or 12th or 16th. I lost count. And this money is starting to confuse me. It's all paper money except they have both $1 and $2 coins. My friggin' pocket is starting to feel heavy. Naturally, dumbass, it's full of $1 and $2 coins. So I pay for my next beer with some of the coins that have been collecting after I manage to accurately count them out (at least I hope I did). Get my beer, have to piss. Walk in the men's room. The floor is slick. I slip and almost catch myself. Almost, but not quite. Down I go on my ass, my still full bottle of beer breaks and I cut my finger. Not badly, but still. And I'm wearing off-white jeans. Fuck. Get up right away, take my piss, fish out some more coins to buy another beer.

Dude, I was wasted. 2:00 A.M. Closing time. My cousin wants some BK which is open until 3:00 A.M. and is right around the corner from our hotel. So we're walking back. As we're walking that carbonation from earlier in the evening catches up with my cousin and he just yaks as we're walking without missing a step. I'm walking a little too close to the street. Truck comes past us and splashes dirty slush all over my off-white jeans. Now I look like a fucking holstein. Get into Burger King and eat. Now my cousin wants to go to Zanzibar, a strip club we had passed earlier on our restaurant quest. I tell him they're closed but he wants to be sure. So we walk up there. Closed. Back to the hotel. At this point it's nearly 3 A.M. Game is at noon...9 hours away.

Crash.

Wake up feeling like we got run over by a freight train. Shower, check out, put our bags in the truck and walk down to the Rogers Centre for the game. By the time we get down there, around 11:30, the hangovers are pretty much gone. Maybe there's something to be said for walking over a mile in frigid temperatures. No, there's not. Tylenol would have worked just as well and our fingers wouldn't have felt like they were about to fall off (we both suffer from Reynaud's Syndrome).

Alright, we're inside and it's game time. The combatants in this bowl game are Buffalo and UConn. I didn't really have a rooting interest in this game as my two favorite college teams are Syracuse and Boston College. But I had been leaning toward rooting for UConn for two reasons. First reason is I'm a Big East Conference guy and the second reason is that my last girlfriend, a woman named Heidi Wesch who lives in Connecticut, has an uncle who is a UConn graduate and has been a lifelong supporter and booster of the school. And, although I never met the man, I have a great respect for his life's work. And once my cousin told me he was rooting for Buffalo (because a Syracuse guy could never root for UConn), then I decided I was going to root for UConn.

In reality, I hoped to see a good game. And it was...up until the final quarter, which was when UConn went on a roll and put the game totally out of reach with a little under 3 minutes to go.

So we left, walked back up to the truck (with a quick detour into the Hard Rock so I could use up the last of my monopoly money and get myself a t-shirt) and pulled out. I think it was around 4:30 when we pulled out into the streets of Toronto...it took us a couple of hours to get out of the city...the traffic was unbelievable. We arrived back at his place in Syracuse around 11 PM...I got back home to my place at around 1:10 AM.

I arrived home thoroughly exhausted and wanting to do it all over again. Hopefully, this will become an annual tradition for us. It was a hell of a good time.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bruce Springsteen Live at SPAC


Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (08/25/09) marks the third time I've seen them since November, 2007 and the second time in the past 4 months. The previous two shows were both at the Times Union Center in Albany and each lasted about 2 hours.

The Boss at Saratoga is a completely different animal. Nearly 3 hours of non-stop Bruce. High energy. While you'll never see a bad Springsteen show, the man is more in his element at outdoor venues. Lots of audience interaction complete with bringing a kid onstage to sing a verse of "Waiting On A Sunny Day", and bringing a couple of girls onstage (one very young, one middle-aged) during "Dancing In The Dark" to dance .

For all things Bruce, click here.

The audience even got to see the "imperfect" side of Bruce with a timing gaff in "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)" near the end of the song forcing him to restart with his signature count-off and a miscue at the beginning of "Girls In Their Summer Clothes" which he restarted from the beginning.

The energy was palpable and these are the concerts which are always the best. The audience feeding off of Bruce's energy and vice-versa.

The show was a near sell-out and in a better economy I'm sure it would have sold out early on.

You can never go wrong at a Springsteen show because you never know what you'll get as far as songs..you do know you're going to get a great show.. The setlist changes from show to show. In the middle he takes audience requests. I heard someone saying on the way out that they thought , while people really brought the requests with them, Bruce knows in advance which ones he's going to actually perform. A quick look at the handwritten set list indicates otherwise with ?'s inserted in the request portion of the show.

Here's the set list from the show:

No Surrender
Badlands
Radio Nowhere
Outlaw Pete
Spirit In The Night
Working On A Dream
Rendezvous
Atlantic City
Johnny 99
Summertime Blues
Two Hearts
Surprise Surprise
Because The Night
Waiting On A Sunny Day
The Promised Land
Racing In The Streets
Lonesome Day
The Rising
Born To Run
Rosalita
Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Thunder Road

American Land
Bobby Jean
Dancing In The Dark
Hungry Heart

To see the handwritten setlist, go to:
http://brucespringsteen.net/live/2009setlists.html#20090825


Friday, July 31, 2009

Queensryche at Northern Lights - Photo Slideshow



Photos from the Queensryche show at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY on July 24, 2009. To see videos from the show, use the links on the left side of the page in the blog archive list.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Owl at Red Square - Photos



Owl performing live at Red Square in Albany, NY. July 25, 2009. Owl is comprised of Chris Wyse (bassist for The Cult) on bass and lead vocals, Dan Dinsmore on drums and Jason Mezilis on guitar. Visit their website at http://owltheband.net.

Free Beer & Hot Wings - Steve grabs himself.



This was from an Albany, NY market visit back in July of 2007 by the Free Beer & Hot Wings morning show. All they wanted to do was play a simple trivia game. Steve was able to answer the trivia question as to whether he had a big one or not. This was not a question that was ever asked. But apparently Steve had the urge to answer it anyway.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Nickelback Live at SPAC - Animals





Nickelback Live at SPAC - Burn It To The Ground

Nickelback Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback Live at SPAC - Dan Adair Drum Solo 2009

Nickelback Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback Live at SPAC - Figured You Out

Nickelback Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback Live at SPAC - Friends In Low Places

Nickelback Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback Live at SPAC - Gotta Be Somebody

Nickelback Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback Live at SPAC - Highway To Hell

Nickelback Live with special guests Jacoby of Papa Roach and Austin Winkler of Hinder performing AC/DC's "Highway to Hell at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback Live at SPAC - How You Remind Me

Nickelback Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback Live at SPAC - If Today Was Your Last Day

Nickelback Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback Live at SPAC - Photograph

Nickelback Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback Live at SPAC - Rock Star

Nickelback Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback Live at SPAC - Savin' Me

Nickelback Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback Live at SPAC - Shooting Free Merch Into Crowd

Nickelback Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback Live at SPAC - Someday

Nickelback Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback Live at SPAC - Something In Your Mouth

Nickelback Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Nickelback Live at SPAC - Too Bad

Nickelback Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009. The Dark Horse Tour.

Papa Roach Live at SPAC - Lifeline

Papa Roach Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 22, 2009.

Kevin Costner & Modern West Live - Mr. Tambourine Man



Kevin Costner & Modern West live at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY performing Mr. Tambourine Man.

Kevin Costner & Modern West Live - Five Minutes From America



Kevin Costner & Modern West live at Northern Lights in Clifton Park, NY performing Five Minutes From America.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

REO Speedwagon and Styx Live - Can't Stop Rockin'

REO Speedwagon and Styx doing their two band encore live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

Styx Live - Too Much Time On My Hands

Styx live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

Styx Live - The Grand Illusion

Styx live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

Styx Live - Suite Madame Blue

Styx live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

Styx Live - Renegade

Styx live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

Styx Live - I Am The Walrus

Styx live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

Styx Live - Crystal Ball

Styx live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

Styx Live - Come Sail Away

Styx live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

Styx Live - Blue Collar Man

Styx live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

Styx Live - Angry Young Man

Styx live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

REO Speedwagon Live - Time For Me To Fly

REO Speedwagon live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

REO Speedwagon Live - Take It On The Run

REO Speedwagon live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

REO Speedwagon Live - Roll With The Changes

REO Speedwagon live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

REO Speedwagon Live - Riding The Storm Out

REO Speedwagon live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

REO Speedwagon Live - Keep On Loving You

REO Speedwagon live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

REO Speedwagon Live - Don't Let Him Go

REO Speedwagon live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

REO Speedwagon Live - Can't Fight This Feeling

REO Speedwagon live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

REO Speedwagon Live - Back On The Road Again

REO Speedwagon live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

.38 Special Live - Wild Eyed Southern Boys

.38 Special live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

.38 Special Live - So Caught Up In You

.38 Special live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

.38 Special Live - Rockin' Into The Night

.38 Special live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

.38 Special Live - Hold On Loosely

.38 Special live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

.38 Special Live - Back Where You Belong

.38 Special live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) 07.04.09

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Poison Live - Unskinny Bop

Poison Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Unskinny Bop"

Poison Live - Talk Dirty To Me

Poison Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Talk Dirty To Me"

Poison Live - Something To Believe In

Poison Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Something To Believe In"

Poison Live - Rikki Rockett Drum Solo

Poison Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 Rikki Rockett Drum Solo

Poison Live - Nothing But A Good Time

Poison Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Nothing But A Good Time"

Poison Live - Look What The Cat Dragged In

Poison Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Look What The Cat Dragged In"

Poison Live - I Want Action

Poison Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "I Want Action"

Poison Live - Every Rose Has It's Thorn

Poison Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"

Def Leppard Live - Too Late For Love

Def Leppard Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Too Late For Love"

Def Leppard Live - Rocket

Def Leppard Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Rocket"

Def Leppard Live - Rock Rock ('Til You Drop)

Def Leppard Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Rock Rock ('Til You Drop)"

Def Leppard Live - Rock Of Ages

Def Leppard Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Rock Of Ages"

Def Leppard Live - Pour Some Sugar On Me

Def Leppard Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Pour Some Sugar On Me"

Def Leppard Live - Photograph

Def Leppard Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Photograph"

Def Leppard Live - Love Bites

Def Leppard Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Love Bites"

Def Leppard Live - Let's Get Rocked

Def Leppard Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Let's Get Rocked"

Def Leppard Live - Hysteria

Def Leppard Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Hysteria"

Def Leppard Live - Armageddon It

Def Leppard Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center 07.03.09 performing "Armageddon It"

Cheap Trick Live - Tonight It's You

Cheap Trick Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center performing "Tonight It's You" 07.03.09

Cheap Trick Live - The Flame

Cheap Trick Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center performing "The Flame" 07.03.09

Cheap Trick Live - Surrender

Cheap Trick Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center performing "Surrender" 07.03.09

Cheap Trick Live - I Want You To Want Me

Cheap Trick Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center performing "I Want You To Want Me" 07.03.09

Cheap Trick Live - Dream Police

Cheap Trick Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center performing "Dream Police" 07.03.09

Cheap Trick - Don't Be Cruel

Cheap Trick Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center performing "Don't Be Cruel" 07.03.09

Cheap Trick Live - Goodnight

Cheap Trick Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center performing "Goodnight" 07.03.09

Hinder Live at Northern Lights - Get Stoned

From their show at Northern Lights 04.19.09. Tough to get good sound quality at this venue.

Hinder Live at Northern Lights - Heaven Sent

From their show at Northern Lights 04.19.09. Tough to get good sound quality at this venue.

Hinder Live at Northern Lights - Lips of an Angel

From their show at Northern Lights 04.19.09. Tough to get good sound quality at this venue.

Hinder Live at Northern Lights - Up All Night

From their show at Northern Lights 04.19.09. Tough to get good sound quality at this venue.