I'm really not sure if anyone will buy this...at least on purpose...But here is a little FYI.
I think I will wait for a week later and pick it up at the used CD store... Who 'am I kidding.
This will never make my collection.
Sorry Metallica but I'm out on this one.
The musical collaboration between Lou Reed and METALLICA, "Lulu", will be released on November 1 in North America via Warner Bros. Records and one day earlier (October 31) in the rest of the world through Universal Music. The CD was co-produced by Reed, METALLICA, Hal Willner — who has produced albums for Reed, Marianne Faithfull, and Laurie Anderson, among others — and Greg Fidelman. Fidelman also mixed the record.
Contents: Double CD with 24-page booklet including all lyrics.
** Deluxe 2CD Poster Set - $119.99
Contents: Limited-run tube including a poster of the "Lulu" mannequin and song lyrics, three high-quality prints of Anton Corbijn photos of Lou Reed and METALLICA, and the double CD of "Lulu" in a unique folding slipcase. Each tube is numbered. Dimensions of the tube are approximately 5.5 inches in diameter by 49 inches long.
** Deluxe Book 2CD - $109.99
Contents: Limited-run two-book set, each book 12" x 12" square bound with a hard cover. The Anton Corbijn book is 20 pages of photos taken of Lou Reed and METALLICA in Gothenburg, Sweden in the summer of 2011. The lyric book is 28 pages with lyrics from each song along with imagery from the objects collection of WerkbundarchiV Museum Der Dinge, Berlin, Germany. The two "Lulu" CDs are also included in the lyric book. All housed in a clear plastic slipcase.
** Vinyl 2LP Set
"Lulu" final track listing:
01. Brandenburg Gate (4:19)
02. The View (5:17)
03. Pumping Blood (7:24)
04. Mistress Dread (6:52)
05. Iced Honey (4:36)
06. Cheat On Me (11:26)
07. Frustration (8:33)
08. Little Dog (8:01)
09. Dragon (11:08)
10. Junior Dad (19:28)
The idea for these two giants of modern music to work together was born after the 25th anniversary Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame concerts in New York City in October 2009. METALLICA — singer/guitarist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo — played with Reed on VELVET UNDERGROUND classics "Sweet Jane" and "White Light/White Heat". "We knew from then that we were made for each other," Reed says.
After that triumphant performance, Reed suggested they all make a record together. At first they planned to record an album of Reedfraven's older material, what Ulrich describes as "some of Lou's lost jewels — songs that he felt he'd like to give a second spin, and we could do whatever it is we do to some of those songs." That idea "hung in the air for a couple of months." Then, a week or two before that session was to begin, "Lou called up and said, 'Listen, I have this other idea.'"
That idea was to record a series of songs Reed had written for American avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson and German theater group the Berliner Ensemble's production of the "Lulu Plays", which premiered in April at the Theatre am Schiffbauerdamm in Berlin, founded by Bertolt Brecht. The songs are inspired by German expressionist Frank Wedekind's early 20th century plays "Earth Spirit" and "Pandora's Box", and were a rewrite of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven", which emerged as a graphic novel on Fantagraphics Press.
"We were very interested in working with Lou," says Hetfield. "I had these giant question marks: What's it going to be like? What's going to happen? So it was great when he sent us the lyrics for the 'Lulu' body of work. It was something we could sink our teeth into. I could take off my singer and lyricist hat and concentrate on the music part. These were very potent lyrics, with a soundscape behind them for atmosphere. Lars and I sat there with an acoustic and let this blank canvas take us where it needed to go. It was a great gift, to be asked to stamp 'TALLICA on it. And that's what we did."
"We had to bring 'Lulu' to life in a sophisticated way, using rock," Reed says. "And the hardest power rock you could come up with would have to be METALLICA. They live on that planet. We played together, and I knew it: dream come true. This is the best thing I ever did. And I did it with the best group I could possibly find. By definition, everybody involved was honest. This has come into the world pure. We pushed as far as we possibly could within the realms of reality."
"It's definitely not a METALLICA album, or a Lou Reed album," adds Hammett. "It's something else. It's a new animal, a hybrid."
Yeah, it is almost time to see the Christmas stuff hitting the shelves.
And you may have to put this on your list!
(Ok, so here is the deal. Jessica is a huge Weiland fan and it has been a running joke for us that he will be putting this CD out. He has been working on it for 3 years and every year I have to make fun of her for it. But maybe this year she will have it in her stocking.)
Here is the info! STONE TEMPLE PILOTS/ex-VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland will release a Christmas album, "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year", on October 4 via Rhino Records. According to a press release, the CD covers "a variety of stylesincluding big band swing, orchestrated ballads, reggae, bossa nova and more, all delivered with surprising ease by Scott Weiland."
"The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" track listing:
01. The Christmas Song (3:16)
02. I'll Be Home For Christmas (3:05)
03. White Christmas (2:23)
04. Silent Night (3:00)
05. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (2:20)
06. What Child Is This? (3:20)
07. Winter Wonderland (2:15)
08. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (2:35)
09. Happy Christmas And Many More (3:16)
10. O Holy Night (4:11)
"The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" was described by Weiland in an August 2010 interview as "very traditional. You know, strings, upright bass, jazz horns, piano, and guitar. He added, "I'm sort of picking various versions of these songs, because they've been covered so many times, but my favorite versions — with a little twist."
The upcoming album isn't Weiland's first foray into holiday music. In December 2009 he released his cover version of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" — made famous by Judy Garland in "Meet Me in St. Louis" — as a single. He also performed the song on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" back in 2006.
Well it has been a "work in progress" for about two years now.
But it looks like there might be light at the end of the tunnel for the new Van Halen....Sort of....Kind of...Maybe...
Hell, just check this out and do like I do...guess!
The latest rumor to circulate about the upcoming new album from VAN HALEN was that guitarist Eddie Van Halen was unhappy with some of David Lee Roth's vocals and wanted them re-recorded. According to an unnamed source denied rumors that the record was being shelved completely, but added, "The delay lies within the vocals. That seems to be the main roadblock. Eddie is just not satisfied with the vocals that have been recorded and re-recorded which has caused a lot of frustration with both the Van Halen and Roth camps alike." The site issued an update a short time later, however, saying that the issues "have been sorted."
The site also claims that the band's management is shopping for a record deal, although no one outside the VAN HALEN organization has heard the album.
Although the idea of an exclusive deal with Wal-Mart had reportedly been discussed, the band is now apparently looking for a huge worldwide deal with a single record company.
While a pre-Christmas release date is still the goal, it's not certain that the album will see the light of day before the end of 2011.
A North American tour in the first three months of 2012 has also been rumored, but as with everything related to VAN HALEN, nothing is confirmed.
Once in a while I stumble on to something that is a head scratcher.
And this just happens to fall in to that area.
I will be the first to admit that I am NOT a huge Weiland fan.
STP was good, VR was awesome but most of the solo stuff I have heard from him has not been high on my list of "great songs" and don't think I have not given it a fair shake.
He is one of Jessica's favorites so there have been many chances for him to wow me.
But today I see this in the news...
Not going to lie to you.
I don't see myself spending any money on it.
But if you are into it by all means.
Here are the details!
Till next time!
Former VELVET REVOLVER and current STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Scott Weiland is selling a digital album, "A Compilation Of Scott Weiland Cover Songs", via his official store.
The track listing for the effort is as follows:
01. I Am The Resurrection (STONE ROSES)
02. Personality Crisis (NEW YORK DOLLS)
03. Frances Farmer Will Get Her Revenge On Seattle (NIRVANA)
04. Let Down (RADIOHEAD)
05. Into Your Arms (LEMONHEADS)
06. Dead Flowers (THE ROLLING STONES)
07. Waiting For Superman (THE FLAMING LIPS)
08. Revolution (The Beatles; recorded by STONE TEMPLE PILOTS in 2001)
09. But Not Tonight (DEPECHE MODE)
10. Reel Around The Fountain (THE SMITHS)
11. Fame (DAVID BOWIE)
12. Jean Genie (DAVID BOWIE)
So I thought it would be a cold day in hell before this would happen!
Someone quick....Get the Devil a sweater!
BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has confirmed to Birmingham Mail that the band's original lineup has reunited and is rehearsing for a tour and new studio album.
Iommi and singer Ozzy Osbourne wrote new material in June for a record that will be released next year.
"We're really looking forward to it and I think the stuff we've been writing is really good," said Iommi. "It's more back to the old original stuff."
He added that the reunion has been kept under wraps for some time.
"It's all been very hush-hush. Ozzy's been the worst at trying to hold it back. He's doing a lot of TV and he's being asked stuff about a reunion and he's going, 'Well, I never say never.' He told me, 'I don't know what to say."
Iommi told the Birmingham Mail that his only apprehension about a reunion of BLACK SABBATH's original lineup was the health of drummer Bill Ward who in 1998 suffered a heart attack.
"He hasn't been 100 percent. He had an operation a few months ago, so we'll see how he is."
Ozzy was asked by QMI Agency in a recent interview why the four members of SABBATH couldn't seem to agree on playing together again. Ozzy replied, "I haven't got a clue. If they want to call me, they can call me. I never say never. If it works, fine. If it don't, I'll move on. It ain't the end of the world. I ain't gonna get a box of Kleenex and cry my eyes out for the rest of my life."
Ozzy added, "I would love to do a great album with BLACK SABBATH. I would love to get the credit we so roundly deserve. At the same time, the pressure would be really intense. I could go tomorrow and make an album with them, but it wouldn't necessarily be something I would be proud of."
The original SABBATH lineup has not toured together since summer 2005, and last convened for their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in early 2006.
SABBATH did try to record a new album 12 years ago, their first since 1978, but abandoned the attempt after just a couple of songs.
Osbourne and Iommi last year amicably resolved their problems over the ownership of the BLACK SABBATH name and court proceedings in New York were discontinued.
Ozzy filed a lawsuit against Iommi in May 2009, claiming that Iommi illegally took sole ownership of the band's name in a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Osbourne sued Iommi for a 50 percent interest in the "Black Sabbath" trademark, along with a portion of Iommi's profits from use of the name.
The Manhattan federal court suit also charged that Osbourne's "signature lead vocals" are largely responsible for the band's "extraordinary success," noting that its popularity plummeted during his absence from 1980 through 1996.
Lawyer Andrew DeVore argued that Osbourne signed away all his rights to the BLACK SABBATH trademark after he quit the band in 1979.
Osbourne's lawyer, Howard Shire, called that agreement a "red herring" that was "repudiated" when the singer rejoined in 1997 and took over "quality control" of the band's merchandise, tours and recordings.
So almost everyday I get the question about the future of Slipknot.
Here is the latest:
SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor says that he is still "on the fence" about recording a new album with the band.
The Iowa-based act has just completed a three-week European tour — its first since the death last year of bassist Paul Gray
During a July 11 online reading and webchat to promote his new book, "Seven Deadly Sins", Taylor was asked how he felt about making a new SLIPKNOT album. "I feel better about it, but I'm still kind of on the fence," he replied. "We're taking baby steps and we're going to take our time."
The frontman added that he really enjoyed SLIPKNOT's headlining set at the U.K. edition of the Sonisphere festival on Sunday, July 10 and thanked everyone who participated in the two minute silence for Gray. He said, "I did enjoy the show. The whole tour has been great. Thank you to everyone who came and everyone who participated in the two minutes of silence for Paulie; he would have been so proud."
In a May 2011 interview with a Grand Rapids, Michigan radio station, Taylor stated about the public comments of other SLIPKNOT members like Shawn Crahan and Joey Jordison, who have insisted that they want to make a new album, "The only thing we've really sat down together as a band and talked about was the tour, and what we're gonna do and whatnot. But I'm not the guy who's gonna sugarcoat anything, I'm not the one who's gonna spoonfeed false hope to the fans, especially about something like this. If this tour doesn't work, this band might be over — straight up. And I'm not gonna lie; I'm not the guy that's going to lie to the fans."
Taylor did say that even if this is SLIPKNOT's last tour, he'd like to see the band play the U.S. one last time. "It really depends on what happens in Europe," he said. "If it's meant to go on, it'll be very obvious to us within the first show. But even if it was our last tour, it would be good to, you know, at least do a U.S. run and just kind of let the audience say goodbye."
SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison said in an April 2011 interview that the band will carry on "with or without Taylor."
So when I first heard about this I was on the fence.
But after reading this I think I may be cool with it?!
And it is a bad ass commercial!
Hell...I might start doing laundry now!
Rob Zombie has established himself since 2003 as one of horror's most brutal filmmakers, but his latest project may be his most horrifying yet: The rocker-turned-director recently got behind the camera for a commercial for laundry detergent Woolite. Zombie completed the spot, called "The Torturer", in mid-April and talked about accusations from the some critics that he has "sold out," "I hadn't even thought about [a fan backlash], it hadn't crossed my mind.
"Whenever anyone talks about selling out it's the most absurd statement anyone could make. I've never done anything I didn't want to do, to me selling out is changing your music, your image, everything based on some sort of corporate manipulation to become rich and famous. I've never done that.
"When someone says I've sold out I say, 'What do you do for a living?' and maybe they'll say, 'Oh, I work at Walmart.' So they're corporate whores for the largest corporation in the world but have the nerve to [call me a] 'sell-out?"'
He added, "I like doing different things, I did an episode of 'CSI: Miami' because I wanted to see what it was like to do a TV show and now a commercial; you want to get these things under your belt.
"The funny thing is a lot of people are like, 'Oh it's so weird that you're doing this' but every single director does it, it's just that they don't usually mention it. I could've easily done that commercial and never said a word and no one would ever know but I thought it was funny so I told people about it."
Holy cow what a weekend!
Finally got a spring race out at the track and all I can say is DAMN!
The heat was on, the beer was cold (till the ice melted), and the fun was kick ass!
There is just something bad ass about spending a weekend grilling three meals a day with friends and family, and drinking beers before 8am.
Still in recovery mode from weekend but got some great pics for you to check out!
See ya at the fall race!
Yup, that it!
It is almost like the countdown on 24.
17 Days to the biggest party of the year!
Hopefully you are all set with tickets and ready to go.
If not get them soon!
Remember Rockfest has SOLD OUT for the past 5 years.
I know you want to win them but that is not as easy as it sounds and it is always better to have tickets in hand instead of freaking out the day of and hitting up a scalper!
Plus this year I am going to get you hitched!
Every year we get a bunch of wedding requests for Rockfest and this year we are going to do it.
Yours truly can get you all legal on the big day!
Click over to the Rockfest page and check the FAQ section for all the details on what you need to bring!
Come on...could you think of a better place to tie the knot?
Till next time!
I know I am not the only guy who has rode up to a stop light and could not trip the sensor so I finally end up running said red light.
I have been lucky and never gotten stopped for it but many others have not been so lucky.
Saw this on the news last night!
The Governor of Kansas has signed the DEAD RED BILL. The Law would allow motorcycle riders and bicyclists to run the light if the light fails to turn green “within a reasonable period of time because of a signal malfunction or because the signal has failed to detect the arrival of the motorcycle or bicycle.”
So last night was the Superbowl and it was a hell of a game!
It was a close one (even after the first half smack down) but there was one part that really "gound my gears"!
The National Anthem.
I have nothing at all against Christina Agulara (sp) but it was really disappointed in here version.
I realize that every artist wants to put their own spin on it but I really think that with all the "runs" she put into it she not only forgot a part of the song but it lost some of the kick!
There was just too much!
Hell, I was so confused that I knew she forgot something but really had to run it through my head a few times to realize what she missed.
Great singer, hot as hell, but STOP!
Just sing the damn song!
Till next time!
Ps. Vader commercial was funny but the Doritos finger licker was the best!
So as I am looking around today I discover another one that I will have to get in my collection!
From the team that brought you "We Wish You A Metal Xmas" comes "SIN-atra", heavy metal's tribute to the genius of Frank Sinatra. Twelve songs made famous by Ol' Blue Eyes are given a radical and individual new treatment from some of the finest voices in rock including members of ANTHRAX, TWISTED SISTER, DEEP PURPLE, QUEENSRŸCHE, MR. BIG, WARRANT, NONPOINT, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, KING'S X and CHEAP TRICK with the backing of a superb band led by guitarist Bob Kulick (KISS, MEAT LOAF). The songs are known to everyone but you've never heard them quite like this before!
"SIN-atra" track listing:
01. New York, New York (Devin Townsend)
02. I've Got You Under My Skin (Glenn Hughes)
03. Summerwind (Geoff Tate)
04. It Was A Very Good Year (Dee Snider)
05. Witchcraft (Tim "Ripper" Owens)
06. Fly Me To The Moon(Robin Zander)
07. Lady Is A Tramp (Eric Martin)
08. I've Got The World On A String(Doug Pinnick)
09. Love And Marriage(Elias Soriano)
10. Strangers In The Night (Joey Belladonna)
11. High Hopes (Franky Perez)
12. That's Life(Jani Lane)
The "SIN-atra" house band features Bob Kulick (guitar); Brett Chassen (drums); Billy Sheehan (bass); Doug Katsaros (keyboards, orchestrations); Richie Kotzen (lead guitar on "That's Life").
"SIN-atra" will be in stores March 29 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.
I'm all over it!
Till next time stay warm and good luck in the blizzard!
Legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) has recorded a cover of the BLACK SABBATH classic "Iron Man" with "Star Trek" icon William Shatner.
Shatner revealed the news via his Twitter profile, writing, "Just watched tracks being laid down by Zakk Wylde of BLACK LABEL SOCIETY for my upcoming record 'Seeking Major Tom'." He added, "Zakk is one of the great guitarists who played with Ozzy Osbourne. A master playing a cover of 'Iron Man'. He's fantastic! I'm energized."
"Seeking Major Tom" pairs Shatner with musician Adam Hamilton and is expected to contain around 20 songs, including a version of QUEEN's "Bohemian Rhapsody". The CD will be released later this year!
Not going to lie to you I will probably have to buy this one just to see what it is all about!
Till next time!
Ever had one of those days where you were not really sure where to start!
I am in one of those myself right now.
It is the start to a new year still and we already have a bunch of cool stuff going on.
Where to begin...How about this weekend.
Friday night we have a Â listening part with Rev Theory. Where you get a chance to here their new CD before anyone else.
Still time to get in on this over on the contest page.
Then we dive over to see Ozzy and Slash on Saturday night!
That is going to be a hell of a show.
I could not think of a better pairing between those two!
Then next week Buckcherry will be in town with Hellyeah and Linkin Park will be coming through!
All I can saw is DAMN!
This is going to be a hell of a year!
Rest up it is about time to get busy!
See you out there!
Ps. The pic has nothing to do with any of the above. It just made me laugh!
Found out this morning that we should have the Android App. ready for you this week!
Still a little bit of tweaking going on with it but we are that close!
I have been messing with it for about two weeks and it is bad ass!
You have live stream, you can vote on songs, link up with our facebook and email.
You are going to love it!
And the best part it will go all over the place with you.
So if you are going to blast out of town for Christmas you can take us with you! (we like that)
That's it for now.
Still feeling the turkey from the weekend!
Till next time!
...had one of those weekend that you were just not quite ready to have end?
Well, I am going through that today.
Over the weekend (that started on Thursday) Johnny, The Bob, Jack (from sales but a good one) and I all took off for Arkansas.
We have had many trips like this and seen a bunch of cool stuff but this was by far the best trip I have been on!
The weather could not have been better!
Cool forties at night and warm upper seventies lower eighties all day.
Not a drop of rain and the roads were good and fast!
Lucked out and got to see Nigel and Jackyl doing a show at the fairgrounds in Hot Spring. (I had never felt more at home!)
If you ride I am sure you have made the journey to Eureka and Hot Springs but if you have not you really need to make it down there for a weekend.
I would strongly recommend Hwy. 7 and The Pig Trail!
Two roads that will put a grin on your face ear to ear!
You can do this ride in two days but I would recommend taking 3 so you get a chance to look around.
The girls will love Eureka for all of the little shops and us guys just like a good road.
Not to mention you can check out Turpentine Creek (the big cat refuge) in Eureka that is fun for both of you!
Try to stay at Riders Rest there as well.
Nice open fire pit and the view is killer!
You cant beat this run for as close to home as it is!
I do have many other story's to share about the trip but you will have to ask me in person (at least until the statue of limitations runs out) but it will make a hell of a book down the road!
It has been a crazy past two weeks and I forgot to get a blog in here last week for you.
I would like to say there was a good reason for me not getting one in but it was the moonshine!
So what has been going on with me for the past two weeks other than nursing the mother of all hang overs...
Yes I made it out to the track for the weekend (and that is where said moonshine came into play.)
Congrats to The Biff #16 for getting the win!
Then we had Rob Zombie/ Alice Cooper/ Murderdolls!
What a great show and my first time out to the Independence Event Center!
Then made the trip up to Iowa for my little cousin's wedding!
Got to see all the fam and "big shock here" a party broke out!
Think I am still feeling some of the effects of the moonshine!
Have a lot more to say but I figure I will toss in some pictures and give my brain a little break!
Till next time!
Ps. Yes I do own a suit and as Will Smith would say in MIB "I make it look good!"
Well, it has a been a few days since Johnny's Birthday Bash and I have almost recovered!
What a party.
If you were there you know what I am talking about.
If you have never had a chance to "Feel The Steel" then you need to make it to one of their shows at some point!
From the big hair riffs to the comedy in between you just cant beat that band!
And did I forget to mention how many girls seem to loose their shirts at a Steel Panther show...Nuff said!
Better jump out for now!
See you at Slash Thursday!
Well finally it looks like a few days under 100!
Not sure if it just me but this weather has been kicking my ass.
At one point last week (after what seemed like years of being in a "excessive heat warning") I realized I was in a BAD mood.
I thought that maybe it was just me but took a step back from my rage and noticed that quite a few of my friends were in the same boat.
It was the heat!
I have a lot of friends in law enforcement and I remember going on ride along during the summer and they would give me the heads up that that was the best time to go because everyone would be acting all crazy! (they were so right. I got to see some crazy stuff on those rides.)
Now I am sure that we are not done with this hot weather so when the temp starts to creep up again and you start getting the urge to "Hulk Out"Â take a deep breath, find a cool place to hang out at, and calm yourself down.
It is just the weather!
Wow, this was a really random blog!
Ps. After this nice cool down I am no longer grumpy!
And yes I will probably be complaing about the cold here in a few months!
Is there such a thing as a summer cold?
Who invented this nasty little bug that has taken over my nose, ears, and chest.
And in the summer of all times!
We have been in the 90's for weeks now and somehow I catch a cold!
And why this week!
There is a bunch of cool stuff going on this week!
Bike Night with Saving Abel Wednesday and Puddle of Mudd with Saliva on Thursday!
And Sunday being the 4th of July!
I am going to beat this bug!
That's all I have for today.
Im going to go blow my nose for the millionth time now!
I was hot, sweaty, and having a blast for 12 straight hours!
If you are not sure what I am talking about.
Saturday we took over Worth Harley Davidson North for the grand opening of the new store.
Worth had it all for us!
Beer, bikes, BBQ, and bands!
The bands were great!
Jackyl always kills it, Nigel was great, Federation did it up, LPP kicked 10 kinds of ass, and I was really pleased with Billy Ray!
And did I forget to mention The Flaunt Girls were there as well!?
It was a great time!
At one point I was walking around and saw Rick Worth just standing there with the look of "what the hell did I get myself into" and then he just started to smile!
As we were heading home in the line of bikes with the wind blowing I almost felt as if I was leaving Sturgis.
I would like to say thank you very much to Worth Harley Davidson North for throwing one hell of a party and I think we should do it again next year!
Till next time!
Ps. Dont forget that this weekend I have the JDRF Thunder Run up at Worth!
Be there about 10 for pre-reg.
All the cash we raise goes to fight juvenile diabetes!
Its a great ride for a great cause and we will have Shamens Harvest playing at the end for you!
Come on out!
I hope that you had a great weekend and had the chance to get some relaxation time in, maybe kick back at a BBQ and see some family.
But try not to forget that Memorial Day is a time to remember.
I dont normally re-post emails I get but this one really kind of touched me and I wanted to share it with you.
Most importantly I would like to say thank you to all the men and women who give us the opportunity to enjoy the cook outs and spend time with our friends and families.
Memorial Day is not just a long weekend it is a day of thanks!
MAY GOD BLESS THIS AIRLINEÂ CAPTAIN:
HeÂ writes: My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "WeÂ have an H.R. on this flight." (H.R. stands for human remains.) "Are they military?" IÂ asked.
'Yes',Â she said.
'Is there an escort?' I asked.
'Yes, I already assigned him a seat'.
'Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck. You can board him early," I said..
A short while later, a young army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of theÂ perfectlyÂ dressed soldier.Â He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier. The escorts ofÂ these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us.
'My soldier is on his way back toÂ Virginia ,'Â he said.Â He proceeded to answer my questions,Â but offered no words.
I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told him that he had the toughestÂ job in the military and that I appreciated theÂ work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers. The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand.Â He left the flight deck to find his seat.
We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure.Â AboutÂ 30 minutes into our flight I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin. 'IÂ just found outÂ the family of the soldier we are carrying, is on board', she said.Â She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home.Â The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left.Â We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home toÂ Virginia Â .
The father of the soldier told the flight attendant thatÂ knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartmentÂ and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear.Â He hadÂ asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane.. I could hearÂ the desperation in the flight attendants voice when sheÂ asked me if there was anything I could do.. 'I'm onÂ it', I said. I told her that I would get back to her.
Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in theÂ form ofÂ e-mail like messages.Â I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight dispatcher directly on a secondary radio. There is a radio operator in the operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher. I was in direct contact with the dispatcher..Â IÂ explained the situation I had on board with the family and what it was the family wanted. He said he understood and that he would get back to me.
Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher.Â We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family.Â I sent a textÂ message asking for an update.Â IÂ saved the returnÂ message from the dispatcher and the following is the text:
'Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. ThereÂ is policy on this now and I had to check on a fewÂ things. Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team willÂ meet the aircraft.Â The team willÂ escort the family to the ramp and plane side.Â A van will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family.Â The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal where the remains can be seen on the ramp.Â It is a private area for the family only.Â When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home. Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans.Â Â Â Please pass our condolences on to the family.Â Thanks.'
I sent a message back telling flight control thanks for a good job. I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flightÂ attendant to pass on to the father.Â The lead flightÂ attendant was very thankful and told me, 'You have no idea how much this will mean to them.'
Things started getting busy for the descent, approach andÂ landing. After landing, we cleared the runwayÂ and taxied to the ramp area.Â The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway.Â ItÂ is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller,Â we were told that all traffic was being held for us.
'There is a team in place to meet theÂ aircraft', we were told.Â It looked like it was all comingÂ together, then IÂ realized that once we turned theÂ seat belt sign off,Â everyone would stand up atÂ once and delay the family fromÂ getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked theÂ copilot to tell the ramp controller we were going to stopÂ short of the gate to make anÂ announcement to the passengers.Â Â He did that and the ramp controller said, 'Take your time.'
IÂ stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake.Â Â I pushed the public address button and said,Â 'Ladies and gentleman, this isÂ your Captain speaking IÂ have stopped short of our gate to make aÂ special announcement.Â We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect.Â His Name isÂ Private XXXXXX,Â a soldier who recently lost his life.Â Â Private XXXXXX isÂ under your feet in the cargo hold.Â Escorting him today isÂ Army SergeantÂ XXXXXXX.Â Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter.Â Your entireÂ flight crew isÂ asking for all passengers to remain in their seats toÂ allow theÂ family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.'
We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop andÂ started our shutdown procedures.Â A couple ofÂ minutes later I opened the cockpit door. IÂ found the two forward flightÂ attendants crying,Â something you just do not see.Â I was toldÂ thatÂ after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraftÂ stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exitÂ the aircraft.
When the family got up and gathered their things, aÂ passenger slowly started to clap his hands.Â Â Moments later more passengersÂ joined in and soonÂ the entire aircraft was clapping.Â WordsÂ of 'GodÂ Bless You', I'm sorry, thank you, be proud, and other kindÂ Â words were uttered to the family as they made theirÂ way down theÂ aisle and out of the airplane. TheyÂ were escorted down toÂ the ramp to finally be withÂ their loved one.
Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for theÂ announcement IÂ had made.Â They were just words, IÂ told them,Â I couldÂ say them over and over again,Â but nothing I say will bring backÂ that brave soldier.
IÂ respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this eventÂ and the sacrifices that millions of our men and womenÂ have made to ensureÂ our freedom and safety in theseÂ Â UnitedÂ States of AMERICAÂ .
I know everyone who has served their country who reads this will have tears in their eyes, includingÂ me.
Prayer chain for our Military... Don't break it!
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'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen..'
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It was raining fairly hard and the temp was not what I would consider warm to say the least.
But we did it!
Rockfest 2010 is now in the books and I had a blast.
I was cold, muddy, and soaked to the bone but I really think I had more fun at this one than any other Rockfest to date.
I love it all.
The mudslides and wrestling!
I did see at one point a guy in the pit accidentally drop his pants because of all the mud and then he himself hit the ground.
Everyone stopped for a second picked up the guy and helped him get his pants back up then got back to the mosh! (lets face it you really don't want to slam into a guy with his pants down around his ankles)
And the bands were killer.
From Taddy Porter to Godsmack!
There were a few stand out moments for me.
Lizzy coming on stage with Seether to do "Broken" the drum solo during Godsmack, the look on the lead singers face of Taddy Porter as he came out to open the show and saw all of you there (priceless).
The list goes on and on but I will not bore you with a bunch of words.
You were there!
Thank you so much!
Lets do it again!
A friend of mine who is a film maker invited me to be in his new zombie flick called Final Stand.
After about a fourth of a second thinking on it I seaid HELL YEAH!
I had never been in a movie before and from the actual shooting to the make up it was a blast!
Not to give away too much of the story but I was a zombie!
And I think a damn good one at that!
I have one scene where I am pinned by a truck and it was insane to shoot!
Cant wait to see it when it is all put together!
Not sure on the when it will be done editing but will let you know when I do!
We will grab some popcorn and a few brains and check it out!
Till next time!
Last week I picked up the new CD from Slash and have not taken in out of my player yet.
It is nothing Â like GNR but if you are looking for something good and fun to listen to this is your pick for the week!
Slash teamed up with a slew of killer artists on this one.
Ian from The Cult doing "Ghost" is the one you are hearing on the radio the most. Great song in my book!
He also has 2 with Myles Kennedy from Alterbridge. "Back From Cali" is one of the greatest songs I have ever laid ears on.
He also worked with Chris Cornell on "Promise".Â Â Â Amazing song.
My all time favorite on the CD has to go to Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas! with " Beautiful Dangerous".Â Â Who would have thought Fergie could kick so much ass!
I have no dbout that we will be hearing that song at our local strip club by the end of the week!
Slash also teamed up with the likesÂ of Lemmy, Dave Grohl, Kid Rock, Ozzy,and more.
If you want GNR dont pick this up but if you want a good listen get it ASAP!