I saw Queen at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on 3-10-1976, with my friend and fellow confidant John Derbyshire. The tickets were $6.50 and the opening act were the “Cate Brothers,” of “Union Man,” fame. I do not remember this because me and Mr Rorer 714, were taking a small nap. John however shook me awake for the main festivities. The band was in a word; phenomenal. They had the audience from the first note and they never let up the whole time they were onstage. Freddie was really finding out about what he could do onstage and he was reassured by the audience as he had them eating out of his hand for the whole concert. At this time, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” had only recently been released in the USA and was nowhere near the final #9 position that the song finally reached in the USA. When they pulled that one out and played it, completed with taped middle chorus section, the place just went crazy, and Queen went on to become as popular or more popular than the actual Queen.
Neil Peart, the drummer for the band Rush, has always been a scholar of drumming, and has taken great pleasure in becoming possibly one of the best drummers in the world. In 1994, Neil gathered some of the greatest drummers in the world to produce “Burning for Buddy.” This record was a tribute to Buddy Rich by drummers like Kenny Aronoff, Bill Bruford, and Billy Cobham, among others, who played on the album. Neil Peart, has said that Buddy Rich, was the best drummer in the world. And, as many Rush fans already know, if Neil says it is so, then it is so.
Formed in 1994 in Devon England, these guys are back again, and just got done releasing their seventh studio album “Drones.” This bio was done by Taste/Maverick Records, who distributed the MUSE albums here in the USA. For those keeping score, the MUSE logo with the 2 lines is a registered trademark, and they will defend their copyright. Just ask Celine Dion, who offered the band $50,000 to use the name for her Las Vegas showcase shows. They turned her down.
Imagine you are a moron. You work for what was once called the Immigration and Naturalization Service or the INS. In Southern California they materialize as the Border Patrol or “La Migra.” However, for every person in a light green truck patrolling our southern border, there are an equal amount of people who work with paper not people. It was one of these paper pushers who decided they would take Lennon’s fingerprint card and try to sell it in the wake of his death. This set of prints was taken by the NYPD in 1976 for John’s green card application. When the dust finally settled the paper pusher was in jail and the card returned to the file. But before someone put it back, they took a picture of it, which is presented here.
This is a really cool newsletter from recording artist Kinnie Starr. Kinnie is Canadian and comes from Calgary Alberta, Canada. She is of Canadian “First Nation” heritage and is a vocal advocate for environmental issues and the necessity for keeping water sources pure. This newsletter was made to promote the album “Tidy,” which was released in 1996. In 2004, Kinnie was a member of the “Scrappy Bitch Tour” along with Veda Hille and Oh Susanna.