Category Archives: Rock and Roll

Rolling Stones: YouTubes Living Legends Series

YouTube recently announced recently a new video series about Living Legends. You will be able to interact, ask questions and get involved with some of the most famous people on the planet.

The series starts out with The Rolling Stones. Discover the Legends Series here.

Now I’ve been a Rolling Stones fan for as long as I can remember. I’ve seen the Stones in concert. This band knows how to rock. Amazingly, they have proven their longevity. Hey, they are not only playing rock and roll, but they are still alive. Amazing!

Now they have a new film out done by Martin Scorsese,  called “Shine A Light”. Scorsese did my favorite concert film, The Last Waltz

Here’s an excerpt. The Stones paly Jumpin’ Jack Flash.


 Make sure you check out my pick for the greatest concert movie of all time: The Last Waltz

Rock On….

Albert Grande

I Clash with the Clash: A Rock and Roll Story

OK, I’m exaggerating. I didn’t really Clash with the Clash, but I did meet two members of the band. One was very rude, while the other was extremely pleasant.

Here’s what happened:

During the 80’s I lived in Vermont. Believe it or not, quite a few bands pased through. It may have been because Burlington, Vermont was about 5 or 6 hours from New York, 4 hours from Boston and about 2 hours from Montreal.

Maybe some bands had an extra Monday or Tuesday night. The shows were always during the week.

Anyway, The Clash put on a concert at Patrick Gym, part of the University of Vermont (UVM).  As I recall I do not think the show was sold out, so I was able to buy a ticket that night.

The Clash were very amazing. This was part of their Combat Rock tour, so the entire stage was decked out with a camouflage setting.

They ripped thorough a amazing set of many of their songs. The band was very bare bones, they did not use a lot of special effects. The show was a long one. I was extremely pleased to have seen them.

I had been a fan since their London Calling album. They were a very influential band as far as I’m concerned. I think The Clash really influenced many of the post-punk and new wave bands that were to follow. I particularly like Sandinista! This was a very melodic album which really let the band shine thorough.

The concert left me quite satisfied. I felt I had witnessed a legendary performance. And to this day, I feel that is true.

After the show, I decided to check out my favorite bar, Hunt’s. Hunts was a great bar because not only did they have live music almost every night, but they had big name bands playing there.

On this night there was a band called The Brains, or The Bad Brains. I’m not really sure. Hunts was a very small place, with not many tables. Since I was there late, I decided to hang up at  the bar. I ordered a beer.

With-in a short while, there was a commotion at the front door. The Clash had arrived to check out the show. Mick Jones, stood next to me. “Hey, Mick”, I said “can I buy you a drink?”. He ignored me.

Just then someone took out a camera and started to take some pictures of the band. The Clash’s manager shot up his hand in front of the camera. “I don’t want any pictures of the band in boring places,” he said. The camera was put away.

I looked over to my right and standing next to me was Joe Strummer. “Joe, great show tonight”.

“Thanks,” he said. He looked exhausted. I asked him if I could buy him a beer.

“Sure”, he responded. And for a couple of minutes, he wasn’t a rock star, just an ordinary guy, making conversation at the bar.

I didn’t ask for an autograph or anything. I did not want to bother him in any way. We spoke for a couple of minutes and he left to join the rest of the band.

Joe Strummer died a couple of years ago. He left the Clash and had a successful solo career. But for a couple of minutes of his life, at a bar in Vermont, he took out time to speak with someone who really enjoyed his music. Thanks Joe. I really appreciated that.

Law of Reciprocity

The Best Pizza Resource on the Internet

Incredible Music Resource…The Internet Archives

While there are many excellent music adventures on the Internet, my tops is the Internet Archives. This resource features live music created by a wide variety of artists in all kinds of genres. Don’t worry about copyright violation here, all of the featured music artists have agreed to share their music.

You will over 42,000 concerts presented by over 2,500 hundred bands. For the most part the quality of the recordings is fairly good. You can not only download the shows to your computer but you are able to “stream” the music if you want to save disc space.

My absolute favorite bands are there. The Grateful Dead collection is extensive. You will find shows which chronicle each phase of their music. Unfortunately most of the sound board recordings have been removed for the Archives, but you can still find some great recordings.

The Little Feat, are well represented here, with many of their concerts being catalogued. The shows available a simply amazing. I actually was shocked at how good the music is. A band that I discovered through the Archives is The Radiators.

The Archives contains music from some bands and artists you have never heard. In some cases that may be a good thing. In all fairness though, most of the music I have sampled was quite good, even if I did not personally care for it.

There is so much music contained here, the chances are excellent you will find something you like. If nothing else go to experience all of the wonderful music that is available to you for absolutely no cost.

I whole heartedly enourage you to check out, Internet Archives. It is simply the most amazing music resource on-line.

Be well. Stay well, and laugh often…

Albert Grande

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