Hail Storm

Check out the putting green at Silver Creek Country Club in San Jose after the hail storm yesterday.

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Lamont's Music Notes For March 6th

March 6th, 1975 - Led Zeppelin

On this date in 1975 Led Zeppelin was awarded a Gold record for the double disc album "Physical Graffiti". The album/cd would eventually be certified as 16 times Platinum for sales of over 8 million copies.

Here’s Zep performing Kashmir in concert.

 

Lamont's Music Notes For March 6th

March 6th,1946 - Pink Floyd's David Gilmour

Happy Birthday to Pink Floyd’s  David Gilmour !! Today he turns 71.

Here’s Gilmour performing an acoustic version of “Wish You Were Here”

 

Lamont's Music Notes For March 3rd

March 3rd, 1986 – METALLICA

If this isn’t a “must have” album, then there is no such thing !! Metallica released their third studio album “Master of Puppets” on March 3, 1986. It reached #29 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. This album marked their last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus crash in Sweden while promoting the album.

Here’s Metallica performing Master of Puppets. It was recorded live in Canada in August 2012 and featured in the motion picture “Metallica Through the Never”.



March 3, 2012 - RONNIE MONTROSE

Guitarist and Bay Area rocker Ronnie Montrose died at  age 64.  RIP Ronnie.

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Here’s a link to the Official Montrose website: www.ronniemontrose.com

And here’s some Classic Montrose!

Last Updated on Friday, March 03 2017 07:21

 

Sumo Wrestling

A sumo wrestling match in Japan ended quickly after one fighter landed a brutal forearm to the face of another.

 

Lamont's Music Notes For March 2nd

On March 2nd, 1973 marked the release of my favorite Doobie Brothers Album, The Captain and Me. The Captain and Me. It was the 3rd Doobie Brother studio album and was a Mega-album for the band. It was the 7th biggest album of 1973, and a record that went double platinum for the band. The album was fueled by 2 hit singles, “China Grove” and “Long Train Runnin’”.

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TRACKS:

Side One

"Natural Thing" (Johnston) – 3:17
"Long Train Runnin' " (Johnston) – 3:25
"China Grove" (Johnston) – 3:14
"Dark Eyed Cajun Woman" (Johnston) – 4:12
"Clear as the Driven Snow" (Simmons) – 5:18

Side Two

"Without You" (Hartman, Hossack, Johnston, Porter, Simmons) – 4:58
"South City Midnight Lady" (Simmons) – 5:27
"Evil Woman" (Simmons) – 3:17
"Busted Down Around O'Connelly Corners" (James Earl Luft) – 0:48
"Ukiah" (Johnston) – 3:04
"The Captain and Me" (Johnston) – 4:53

Here’s the Doobie’s official video for Long Train Runnin’:



Also, Happy 55th Birthday to Jon Bon Jovi who was born on March 2nd, 1962.

Here's a photo of the birthday boy courtesy of Jimmy O'Sheehan Photography from the Bon Jovi concert last night at the SAP Center in San Jose.

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Here's our favorite song to sing during the annual Do Not Drink and Drive Show.


Last Updated on Thursday, March 02 2017 09:23

 

Donald Trump

The highlight of Germany’s Mardi Gras Parade: Donald Trump doing Lady Liberty doggystyle.

 

Lamont's Music Notes For March 1st

On March 1st, 1974, Aerosmith released their second album "Get Your Wings."

This is my favorite Aerosmith album of All-Time because of it's in your face, gritty rock n’roll. From the first track “Same Old Song and Dance”, “Train Kept A-Rollin”, to “Pandora’s Box.” This is VINTAGE Aerosmith.

TRACKS:

Side one

1. Same Old Song and Dance (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry) - 3:53
2. Lord of the Thighs (Tyler) - 4:14
3. Spaced (Tyler, Perry) - 4:21
4. Woman of the World (Tyler, Don Solomon) - 5:49

Side two

1. S.O.S. (Too Bad) (Tyler) - 2:51
2. Train Kept A-Rollin' (Tiny Bradshaw, Kay, Lois Mann) - 5:33
3. Seasons of Wither (Tyler) - 5:38
4. Pandora's Box (Tyler, Joey Kramer) - 5:43

Here’s Aerosmith from 1974 on the TV show “The Midnight Special”



March 1 , 1973 Pink Flyod

PINK FLYOD’s Dark Side of the Moon was released in the North America.

Here are 30 Fascinating facts about Dark Side Of The Moon taken from the official PinkFloyd website, and brain-damage.co.uk.

1. Dark Side has sold approximately 34 million copies worldwide.
2. The album hit number one on the US charts for one week in 1973. David Gilmour had had a bet with manager Steve O'Rourke that the album wouldn't crack the US top 10.
3. In the UK the album made it to the number two spot. When it was re-mastered and re-released for the 20th anniversary in 1993 with special packaging it made it to number 4.
4. In Belgium and France it was No. 1, No. 2 in Austria, No. 3 in Australia, and No. 4 in Holland; it was No. 5 in Spain, Finland and Germany but not at the same time, and made it to No. 8 in Brazil in August 1973.
5. The album is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for being on the charts longer than any other album in history, namely 591 consecutive weeks or 11.4 years in Billboard top 200! A total of approx 14 whole years (741
weeks) in and back in top 200, and a staggering 26 years in some Billboard chart or other.
6. SoundScan, the chart tabulators in the US, recently listed the top 200 selling albums of the year 2002. Dark Side was again on that list. It sold roughly 417,000 copies in the US last year, making it the 200th top selling album. It is
by far the oldest album on the list.
7. The original title for the album was Eclipse (A Piece for Assorted Lunatics). The band were upset to find out that the progressive folk rock act Medicine Head had released an album with the title of "Dark Side of the Moon" as
recently as 1972 on John Peel's Dandelion label. Since the release was less than successful sales-wise, the band decided go ahead with their plans.
8. The music and lyrics for the entire album were written during a seven week period in which the band were preparing for a tour in which they desperately wanted to premier new material.
9. Cue Cards with generic questions were written up by Roger and given to roadies, anyone at Abbey Road, doormen, and members of Wings including Paul and Linda McCartney. Approximately 20 questions were asked
along the lines of, "Are you afraid of dying?". "When was the last time you were violent and were you in the right?", and "What does the phrase 'The Dark Side of the Moon' mean to you?". The most spontaneous answers to these
questions appeared on the album. Paul and Linda didn't make the cut but Wings' guitarist Henry McColluch did providing the "I don't know I was really drunk at the time" response to the question regarding violent behaviour
used at the fade out of Money.
10. The "stoned" laughter used in the background of Speak to Me and Brain Damage is from Peter Watts, a road manager for the Floyd pictured on the back of the Ummagumma sleeve. His daughter, Naomi Watts, is a famous
actress that has appeared in several films and was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002. Sadly, Peter Watts died of a drug overdose in 1976.
11. Studio time would be typically interrupted for one of two reasons, either soccer or Monty Python television broadcasts. In fact, Pink Floyd were such Python fans that they used some of the money they made from the initial
success of the album to help fund Monty Python's The Holy Grail film.
12. The album was recorded at Abbey Road on then state of the art 16-track equipment. Roger created the tape loops necessary to achieve the rhythmic chiming of the sound effects for Money. Due to the technology of the time, this
meant physically cutting and mending bits of tape together in precise measurements using a ruler and feeding these manually into a tape machine for duplication.
13. The slide guitar heard on Breathe was a pedal steel that David Gilmour purchased in a pawnshop in Seattle back in 1968.
14. Alan Parsons recommended Claire Torry for vocal duties on The Great Gig in the Sky. At the time Torry was an EMI staff songwriter who wanted to branch into vocals. Torry was paid double the standard session wage at the
time for this particular session since it was on a Sunday. At the time, she was very happy with what she received. No one could foresee the impact and longevity the resulting album would have.
15. Parsons received a Grammy as the record won the "Best Engineered Album" award.
16. Australian radio listeners voted the album the best album to have sex to in 1990.
17. The album marked the first time that Roger Waters wrote all of the lyrics. He has stated that he made a conscious effort to employ words that were very straightforward and easy to understand.
18. The album was first performed live at the Dome in Brighton, England on the 20th of January 1972. Due to a tape malfunction, the concert only made it as far as 'Money' that evening, but the band continued to perform the suite at
almost every show after that date right up until a performance at Knebworth on the 5th of July 1975.
19. Hipgnosis studio suggested the album be issued as a gatefold with inserts of two posters, one for fans (photos of the band) and one for art (photo of pyramids), and two stickers, day and night, which refer to the touring aspect in
the lyrics . All this was to be housed in a card box. EMI agreed to everything except the box. Hipgnosis provided the outer cover design, the prism against black, which referred to the band's inventive use of lights on stage, the
triangularity symbolising mad ambition, and the cool graphic in answer to a request from Richard Wright for something less pictorial and more iconic.
20. The design of the inner spread of the gatefold, featuring the spectrum heartbeat, echoing the audio heartbeat at the beginning of the album, was an idea from Roger Waters.
21. Us and Them was originally written by Richard Wright in 1969 as an instrumental piano solo intended for use in Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point film which the band had been commissioned to score. The piece, then
known as The Violent Sequence, was to be used over slow-motion scenes of student / police riots at UCLA. It was rejected for the film and resurrected for Dark Side after Waters penned the lyrics. Tapes exist of the band
performing it as The Violent Sequence early in 1970.
22. The Great Gig in The Sky was originally known as The Mortality Sequence. It featured a similar piano introduction but no female vocals. Instead, taped readings from the Book of Ephesians, a recital of The Lord's Prayer, and a
narrative from Malcolm Muggeridge, a controversial host of a religious program on the BBC, were used.
23. A rough version of Brain Damage was written around the time of Meddle and was actually known as "The Dark Side of the Moon".
24. The inspiration for Breathe was from a song Roger Waters had written and recorded in 1970 as part of the soundtrack for a film about human biology called "The Body". The opening lyric is the same in both songs. The
original song was a protest of man's destruction of nature for profit, a theme that has appeared on more than a few Waters' compositions.
25. Although the band made a point of not releasing any singles in Great Britain for ten years after 1969's Point Me at The Sky failed to make an impression, two singles from the album were issued in the States. An edited version of
Money was issued in May of '73 backed with Any Colour You Like. This peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Top 40. An edited Us and Them backed with Time ("severely" edited with the rotatoms spliced unnaturally onto the end
of the song in place of the Breathe reprise) was also issued in February of '74. Despite heavy FM airplay, the track wasn't AM radio friendly enough and the record only made it to 101 on the chart.
26. The album has been released in various audiophile pressings and limited collector's editions including coloured vinyl editions. Colour completists would need to find a German pressing on white vinyl from 1977, both blue and
clear vinyl versions from France also pressed in the late 70's, an Australian pink vinyl version (of the quad mix!) from 1988, and another white one from Holland also from 1977. In addition, there are two official picture discs of
the vinyl version still circulating the collector's markets, one from the US on Capitol, and one from the UK only briefly available as part of a box set "The First XI" that was released in 1979 (only 1000 were made available to the
public).
27. EMI organized a launch of the album for the press at the London Planetarium. An interesting choice since at this time the band was trying hard to shed their image as a space-rock band. The quadraphonic mix, supervised by
Alan Parsons, was to be used for this reception but instead the band learned that the record would be played back in stereo and through an inferior sound system. Only Richard Wright showed up. Life size cardboard cut-outs of
the other band members were used in their absence.
28. Pink Floyd were excited to be able to develop new material on the road but were horrified to learn of a bootleg album that was released of a complete performance of the piece recorded in February of 1972 at the Rainbow
Theatre. The bootleg was issued a mere six weeks after the concert, about a full year prior to an official release. Professionally packaged, the unit reportedly sold in excess of 100,000 copies, many thinking it was the real thing.
29. Throughout the 1990's rumours persisted that the album was intended to be played back while watching The Wizard of Oz. Many similarities were depicted between the music, lyrics, and the film. The band have denied that
the classic film made an impression on them while recording the album, but if you want to judge for yourself be sure to start the CD at the third roar of the MGM lion at the start of the film!
30. A little known fact about the album is that at the end of Eclipse, just as the final voice states that "there is no dark side of the moon really, as a matter of fact it's all dark", if you listen very closely, perhaps with your headphones on
and the volume full blast (preferably with the new 5.1 SACD), you will hear an instrumental, muzak version of Ticket to Ride by the Beatles being played in the background. It was probably being played in the main offices of
Abbey Road where the record was recorded and picked up by the microphones, perhaps while conducting the interview with Jerry Driscoll, the doorman at Abbey Road, which led to the response heard.

Here’s the official promo video for 'Money' by Pink Floyd, taken from the album 'The Dark Side Of The Moon'



March 1,1974-RUSH

On this date in Canada in 1974, Rush released its self titled debut album. The album became a cult hit in the States , and was released in July of 1974.
“In the Mood” “Finding My Way” and “Working Man” make this a straight ahead, balls-to-the-wall rock album.

Here’s some cool trivia for you concerning this album. The original Rush drummer John Rutsey was featured on all the drum parts on this record. He left the band when the album was released because his diabetes made it impossible for him to tour. Bummer for him. He was replaced by Neil Peart.

TRACKS:

All tracks by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, except where noted.

Side one

"Finding My Way" – 5:05
"Need Some Love" – 2:18
"Take a Friend" – 4:24
"Here Again" – 7:37

Side two

"What You're Doing" – 4:22
"In the Mood" (Lee) – 3:33
"Before And After" – 5:34
"Working Man" – 7:11

Here’s Rush in 1974 with the original drummer , performing “Working Man”

Last Updated on Thursday, March 02 2017 08:03

 

Slayer

Slayer with Lamb of God and Behemoth
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, August 9th

Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 3rd at 10am.

Click here to purchase tickets.
 

Jimmy Kimmel

Check out Jimmy Kimmel explaining what happened at the Oscars.

 
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