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Freakers Ball 2011

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That was a hell of a show!
Sidewise, Hatebreed, Anthrax, and FFDP!
They all killed it!
But for me I have to say Anthrax was the hi light of the night.

Something about that band turns a good time in toa hell of a party!

I may be a bit biased from growing up with them but it sure was fun to get to see them live again!
Thanks to all of you who came out for the party!
See ya at the next one!
M
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NASCAR!

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What a weekend.

From Jackyl to the 4th race in the chace!
Lets not forget the tailgate party and all the fun in between!

Food, fun, and Family!
I could try to type it for ya but pics say it better!
Till next time!
M
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Coming To A Used CD Store Near You!

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.

A variety of physical "Lulu" releases are available for pre-order at LouReedMetallica.com:

** 2CD Package - $19.99

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."

2CD Package
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Metallica.

New Metallica song came out yesterday.

I hang my head in shame and wish for the days of St. Anger.

Not even going to post a link to it.

I head about thirty seconds of it and can honestly say that I probably lost a hour of my life because of it.

Now if you are a huge fan of this new song feel free to explain it to me.

I DONT GET IT!
Guys...Get pissed off and start drinking again!

M
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This takes balls!

Looking through TMZ this afternoon to see what is going on with the rich and famous and find out that our very own Zakk Wylde is being stalked.

I love Zakk to death and he is truly one of the nicest people I have ever met but he is not a frail, dainty, little flower of a guy.

As far as stalking for me. LiLo yes....Zakk no.

I guess the kid is a neighbor to Zakk and will not leave him alone.

But credit to Zakk for getting the court system involved and not just stomping him into a mush puddle.

My advise to the stalker is go for the jacked up drunk girl not the metal man!
Till next time!
M
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It is almost that time of year...again!

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.
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I thought so....

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.
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Did we really need this?

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!
M
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)
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The Future?

Well lately there has been a lot of talk about what is going on with Disturbed.

A while back they made a statement that they are putting the band on hold.

What does that mean?
Well no new music for a while.

Slipknot has been in the same boat for a while as well.

But it looks like we may have to put another one on the list now.

Check out the following article.
















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It's been just over a year since AVENGED SEVENFOLD released its fifth album, "Nightmare", and the band can see the end of the touring and promotional cycle for it approaching sometime in the first half of 2012. But singer M. Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio that making a follow-up to the group's first No. 1 disc is the furthest thing from their minds right now. "We're not really thinking about it," he said. "I think bands burn themselves out. I mean, look what happened to DISTURBED. You get caught up in the 'do a record, tour for two years, do a record, tour for two years.' We just need to make sure everybody's mentally in the right spot before we start writing and doing a new record. Right now, I think we're gonna tour, go back to Europe in February, maybe finish up with a couple of things in Europe in the summer, and then take six, seven months and just sit around. If we decide to write, we will, if we decide not to, we won't."

DISTURBED announced earlier this month that it was going on "indefinite hiatus" after five studio albums and more than a decade on the road.

AVENGED bassist Johnny Christ admitted in a recent interview that writing the band's next album without late drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan is going to be "a very different process without having Jimmy around."

Sullivan, who died from an overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol in December 2009, was a major songwriting force in AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

The band's current drummer is Arin Ilejay, who began playing with them earlier this year.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD has been overseas for most of this summer but is now home to headline the Rockstar Uproar Festival tour, which kicks off on Friday (August 26) in Camden, New Jersey.

 
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DAMN!

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.
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Vacation 2011

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Well it was about a week ago that KC was deep in the heart of one hell of a heat wave.

For me though it was not too bad. I was looking at a high of 81 when it was 110 here!

Headed up to northern Minnesota for a few days in a cabin on Leech Lake.

I will be the first to admit that my idea of "roughing it" is having a hotel room with the remote stuck to the night stand but after a night and a few bottles of Jack I have to admit it was really kick ass.

Sure there were a few kinks in the trip.

Bear poop right next to the cabin, a circuit breaker that would click off, (at the worst time) and a fight to the death with a bat but other than that it was a hell of a trip.

To explain the circut breaker and poor timing....It was Monday night of vacation and things were good. We had a wicked thunderstorm going and were out on the screen room.

Jess had gone into the cabin for another drink and I suddenly felt a little flutter go past my head.

I dismissed it as a bug or maybe the Jack was really starting to kick in.

Then it did it again...I could see in the twilight a small figure circling the room.

With my Ninja/Cat like skills I dove into the cabin.

It was about the time I slammed the door that Jessica asked what was going on? I could only reply in a pant "bat".

As a man I realized (after my heart slowed down a bit) that I had to do something.

I knew that there was a fish net next to the fridge (on the patio with the bat) So I "sacked up" and low crawled to the net.

After that I launched myself back into the cabin and caught my breath.

Finally I realized the bat was not going to leave on his own.

So I (with the help of Jess and her small flash light from in the cabin) made my way out to the patio again.

It was me or him so after a few sweeps in the air with ZERO luck I decided it was time to put some light on the situation and finish this fight once and for all.

So with the net in front of my face I reach up to pull the light cord and just as I get to it I hear "click" as the breaker goes out and that is almost instantly followed by hysterical laughing (Yes, Jess thought this was the best thing ever)

Finally 3 sweep later victory was mine.

He put up a good fight but learned that in the end nothing stands or flys between me and my drink.

Feel free to play "The Great Outdoors" scene in your head now.

Not as many miles as usual but sometimes you need to take a vacation and not a death trip! (or at least death by road)
Till next time!
M
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HOLY HELL!

 

Ok, so Friday I start my vacation and I have to tell ya...This has been the longest week in the history of the world.

Other than the week before the last vacation, and the one before that, and the one before that, and so on.

Why is it that the week before vacation ALWAYS takes so damn long.

That's all I have for today.

One week from right now I will be in Northern Minnesota drinking a beer and catching fish!
Till next time!
M
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ZOMBIE!

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What a weekend!
Zombie came in for a Low-Dough with us and I have to say that was one of the best shows I have seen him do in a long time.

It was crazy hot out there but thank you to all who made it out and hung through the heat!
And even more thanks to you for making sure everyone was taken care of when they did get too hot.

Saw a lot of people fade out during the show but you grabbed them and sent them over the rail to get taken care of.

Thank you for that!
Damn that was a good show!
M
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Slipknot Still In Limbo.

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."
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Zombie and laundry...

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."
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A Very Motley Birthday!

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Well last week was my birthday and I could not have thought of a better way to spend it than with my favorite band of all time...Motley Crue!
Mick looked better than he has in years, Tommy and Nikki were fantastic, and Vince did a really good job.

It was a hell of a way to spend my birthday!
And thank you to all who called in and texted birthday wishes!
It was a hell of a week!
M
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Welcome to the family!

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Well last week we brought a new person into the fold of Harley Owners!
Big congrats to Dominick of KCMO for picking the right key and walking out with a brand new HD Fatboy and Camaro SS Convertible!
Well done man!
Enjoy many miles in the sun and will see you on the road!
Plus we had a great show with Nigel Dupree Band!
Thank for coming out and will see you this fall for the next one!
M
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Just In Time For Fathers Day!



So I found this story this morning and had to share!

Till next time!
M

One of the world's most popular board games, Monopoly, has been customized to celebrate the history and music of heavy metal giants METALLICA. The game will be available starting this Friday, June 17 from the band's official webstore.

Game description: "The fast-dealing property trading game' just got faster! Monopoly Metallica Collector's Edition takes the popular board game to a whole new level. Every aspect of the game designed for the true METALLICA fan in mind. You'll 'Pass Go' through historic METALLICA events and locations around the board such as club shows, festivals, studios, childhood homes and other metal landmarks. Create your own real estate empire by adding arenas and stadiums to all your properties! Game pieces include the 'Kill 'Em All' hammer, '...And Justice For All' scales, 'St. Anger' fist, 'Black Album' snake, ninja star, and the 'Jump in the Fire' demon. Land on one of the 'Binge and Purge' or 'Jump in the Fire' spaces and be rewarded or fined in true METALLICA form. You won't believe the price you'll pay!"

METALLICA follows KISS, THE BEATLES, ELVIS PRESLEY and THE GRATEFUL DEAD, among other artists, who have their own Monopoly games.
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NASCAR 2011

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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!
M
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Arkansas 2011 Ride

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Memorial Day 2011

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Ever had one of those trips where you really kind of felt like a real life biker!
Where you get home so filthy that one shower and a 3M pad was not going to cut it!
You know what I'm talking about.

Well, I had that this weekend.

It all started last week when I found out Jess could not make the ride home in Northern Iowa  due to work. So I figured I would fire up the Springer and "rough it" on my own.

I had forgotten how much fun that bike was to take on a good long trip.

No radio, GPS, windshield, and a bit of a rough ride.

Fairly sure that I killed a swath of bugs up 35 that would make a bug zapper proud!

Got to see a bunch of good friends and family from home!

It was 800 miles of kick ass!

Seriously I cant remember the last time I have walked in the door looking and feeling as grimy!
But then as I am siting in my easy chair reflecting on the ride and telling Jess about it I got to the part where I was siting by a camp fire with my friend Dave drinking bourbon and a pack of baby kittens  came up....Well....Lets just say "Uncle Moose" melted and  fell to the ground and played with them for a good hour.

Yup...Im a bad ass!
Till next time!
M
 

Ps. The were cute as hell!
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It was a dark and stormy....

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Thursday when  5 fearless men jumped on their trusty motorcycles and headed South for many fantastic adventures.

Wow, I just made that sound really cool!

And it was a hell of a trip!
Shot down to Arkansas for our spring trip where we drank too much, ate too much, and slept way too little!
But we did have a hell of a time and that is what it is all about.

We even picked up a stray Bob on Saturday!

And found a fish head on a stop sign?

If you have not made it down to Eureka and Hot Springs you really need to get it on your list of kick ass rides (close to home even)!

Working on the video as we speak but for now enjoy the pics!
See ya on the road and watch out for bikes please!

M
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Rockfest!

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What a day!
I can not tell you thank you enough for all the fun I had Saturday at Rockfest.

From Zakk at the start to fireworks at the end.

The wedding went off with a "hitch" thirty couples tied theknot and congrats to you!
Everyone was cool, no one went to jail, and I saw a ton of boobs...and Shrek!

Cant wait till next year!
Thank you Kansas City!

M
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CRUNCH TIME!

Saturday is the day we have been waiting for.

Rockfest 2011 is so close now.

Been getting a lot of questions about what to bring and not.

If you need all the details you can find them at www.kcrockfest.com And I mean everything can be found there from autograph booth details to set times.

Check out the map so you have your day planned out.

Plus if you are wanting me to get you hitched at Rockfest under the FAQ section there is all the info about how to get you license from Missouri.

And yes you will need it that day or you will not be legally married.

But if you want to renew or just make a commitment ceremony that is cool too!
That's it for today!
See ya Saturday!

M
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WOW! Really?

Just looking around online today and saw this!

A 24-year-old man is currently on trial in Australia for allegedly beating his roommate to death ... all because the victim didn't wanna listen to Limp Bizkit.

James Madden has been charged with the murder of 48-year-old Emmanuel McPherson -- for allegedly smashing an alcohol bottle over his head and stomping him to death back in 2009.

According to the Brisbane Times, the fight allegedly broke out when McPherson tried to stop Madden from playing an L.B. album on their stereo. No word on which album incited the furor.

After Emmanuel was killed ... James allegedly wrapped his body in a sheet and dumped it in a nearby creek.

The trial is still underway.

(Now don't get me wrong I still 'am a fan of LB but I'm not going to take it this far!)

Ps. If your buddy really wants to listen to a song maybe from now on just let him!
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17 Days...

Yup, that it!
It is almost like the countdown on 24.

17 Days to the biggest party of the year!
Rockfest 2011!
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!
M
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Big News!

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.”

Now don't go out and just run a bunch of lights!

But don't sit there for fifteen minutes either.

See ya on the road!
M
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It is that time of year again!

So I was watching the news last night and saw that we lost two over the weekend.

Please be careful out there.

And for those of you that dont ride.

Keep a eye out for us.

Thank you.

M
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So I was thinking...

...About Rockfest this morning and all of the fun stuff that I have seen or done over the past years and was trying to figure out what my best Rockfest memory was.

There have been many but I think last year has to be the winner.

As I was doing my broadcast looking over the crowd.  Everyone was caked in mud and soaking wet (big shock)

A mosh pit fired up right in front of me and  everyone was having a blast knocking each other around.

Well, as it progressed I noticed one guy (who was fully caked in mud) all of a sudden loose his jeans.

Nothing but a white ass hanging out!
I started to laugh but with the speed of a Ninja the guy hit the ground (I'm guessing a bit embare-assed that his jeans were down around his ankles) and the entire group that he was moshing with closed in around him.

In less than a second I see Mr. Bare Ass being hoisted back up by the belt loops.

Yes, his fellow moshers had come to his rescue!
There was a brief "you ok man" look among the group and the mosh was back on!

That right there is what I feel Rockfest is!
You may not know the guy or girl that you are next to but if your ass his hanging out they will help you get your jeans back on!

Can ya top that?
M
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DANG!

What a week we have going here!
Less than a month and a half to Rockfest!
I trust you have already gotten your tickets because you have to be there and a new set of rides have come up for grabs today!
What are you going to choose?
Will it be the long haul cross country Ultra, the most bad ass Softail on the market The Fatboy, or are you thinking a pair of 48's?
No matter what you choose you can not go wrong!
And then I also assume you are a Rockaholic so we will be tossing you the keys to that 2011 Camaro SS!
That car is INSANE!
Go check out all the pics on the main page!
And good luck!
Ill be waiting on your call!
M
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More Snow?

It is weeks like this in late March that make me want to say many bad words.

I have had a cold of some sorts for all but two weeks so far this year!

Come on man...It is almost April, spring is really here and we are still getting snow!
What happened to global warming!
Till next time!
M

Ps. Yes in about 3 months I will be complaining about how hot it is!
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Here we go!

Well it is officially the first full day of spring.

Rockfest is on sale and congrats to the 30,000 plus that got their tickets on the pre-sale!

Well done on saving the cash.

Now if you did not get yours yet there are still plenty to go.

Get then soon!

As far as the parking and schedule time for all the bands it is all on our main page!
I'm ready for this!
Are you?
M
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Are You Ready!

After what seems like forever it is that time again!
Hope you tucked away a few bucks over the last week or so because the Rockaholic pre-sale  is going to start Wednesday morning. Twenty five bucks is all that is standing between you and this!

ROCKFEST 2011

MAY 14TH LIBERTY MEMEORIAL

 

MAIN STAGE

DISTURBED

STONE SOUR

PAPA ROACH

ALTERBRIDGE

SEVENDUST

HINDER

HALESTORM

SECOND STAGE

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

ALL THAT REMAINS

10 YEARS

RED LINE CHEMISTRY

HAIL THE VILLIAN

NEW MEDICINE

EVALY AWAKE

See ya there!
M

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Rockfest 2011!

As of RIGHT NOW in one week we will know everything about Rockfest 2011.

So if you have some good ideas and are placing bets with your friends now would be the time to get after it!
Also every year I hear from people saying that they cant afford to get their tickets during Rockaholic pre-sale when that are cheaper.

Start scratching up the cash this week!

No sense in paying more than you need to for your tickets!
Till next time!
M

Ps. The Bob has authorized me to give out one hint...More than one of the bands has a "A" in their name! (thats all he gave me)
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Kid Rock!

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Damn that was a good show!
I have been lucky enough to see Kid many times and although this show did go heavy on the new stuff it was still fantastic.

Kid in my opinion is one of the last great performers that are still on the road.

He does it all.

The lights, the fire, and the strippers!

God Bless America!
Till next time!
M
Ps. ROCKFEST DETAILS COMING SOON!
Good guessing so far!
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ROCKFEST 2011

Now that I have your attention I would like to wish you a very happy Valentine's day!

Looks like a nice sunny day out there!

So, you read any good books?
Hummm. Sounds good.

Might have to pick that one up.

Well, guess I had better get going....

What...Rockfest info?
Not yet!
But yes it is on and we should have ALL the details here in about a month!
Till next time!

M
Ps. feel free to make a guess!
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Grinds My Gears!

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!
Everyone...Sing it!

Till next time!
M

Ps. Vader commercial was funny but the Doritos finger licker was the best!
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Another one for the "What The Hell File!"

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.

Yup!
I'm all over it!

Till next time stay warm and good luck in the blizzard!
M
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From the what the hell file!

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!
M
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Still Got It!

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Yeah I am talking about Ozzy!
That man has been through the ringer and has forgotten more stuff that I could ever know but when it comes to a show DAMN!
Last week before the show I had quite a few people calling in saying that they really thought that they should go to the show because "this may be one of the last times to see him"...Well I have been thinking that for about 15 years!
I guess Sharon might let him retire sometime but for now he still has it!
What a show!
See you at the next one!
M
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Well...

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  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!
M

Ps. The pic has nothing to do with any of the above. It just made me laugh!
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Here we go!

Not sure if you heard it this morning but we just made the announcement that our first Low Dough show of the year is already getting fired up.

And yes it is the one and only Motorhead!
Lemmy and the boys will be bringing the loudest show on earth to Kansas City on Feb. 17 at The Midland.

And yes it is a Low Dough so that means you will get to see a killer show for $9.89

If you are a aRockaholic your ticket goes on sale Wednesday morning at 10 am.

Do not miss this one!

Ill see you there!
Till next time!
M
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Here we are 2011!

Well, it has been a good year so far.

Already been able to ride my bike to work (not a heat wave but good for January in KC)

We have a lot of good shows on the horizon.

Little rumors starting to float about Rockfest 2011 (and they sound good!)

Life is good!
Here is to a great start of 2011!

M
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Thats it!

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 Well I cant believe that this will probably be my last blog of the year.

And what a year it was!

To start off the year I got married!

Seems like just yesterday we were talking about the first Harley giveaway of the year.

Then we were talking about Rockfest. (and yes we will be back!)

Then all the cool Low Dough shows.

Cant forget about Freakers Ball and then just a few nights ago we did Twisted Christmas.

This year has just flown by!
But as we roll up on Christmas and New Years I just wanted to say thank you for a kick ass 2010!
It was a hell of a year for me!

I hope you had as much fun as I did!

I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Be safe, have fun, and I hope that all your wishes for a new year come true for you!

Here is to 2011!

More Harley's, more kick ass shows, and all the fun we can stand!
M
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Almost there!

So as I write this I am in the studio looking out the window at the fresh coating of snow that we got over the weekend and I realized that there are only twelve days left until Christmas!

And the best part of this is (I think) I may be done with my Christmas shopping.

Can you believe that!

Sure there are some random things to pick up but I really think that I am for the most part done.

This never happens!
Usually I am doing the mad dash the weekend before Christmas!
What the hell is wrong with me!?
And for those of you that are about to get started with your trips to the stores....Well...Good luck!

I did my one trip to the mall a year yesterday and it was a zoo!
Till next time!
M

Ps. See ya at Twisted Christmas Saturday night!
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That Was A Hell Of A Show!

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Friday night we had the opportunity to check out Shinedown doing a all acoustic set and hopefully you were one of the few that got a ticket.

It was a crazy fast sell out for this one (less than a hour) but it was incredible!
Between songs Brent gave us some insight as to what the songs were about.

Some of the stories were funny and thoughtful and some were down right tear jerking.

If you did'nt make it to the show.

There is still hope for you!  They were filming it!
The DVD should be out next year.

Till next time!
M
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COMING SOON!

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!
M
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DANG!

So saw this story this morning and had to share.

The little one was ok but this was a hell of a hit!

Here is the story and some video of it!

Ps. No balloons for the next b-day party!

Till next time!
M

Another clip has been posted online of a METALLICA concert that took place in Sydney, Australia last Thursday (November 11), where guitarist Kirk Hammettis seen kicking a large black balloon that accidentally smacks into a small child standing onstage and sends the child flying several feet into the audience. Despite early reports that the toddler was the son of frontman James Hetfield, it was apparently the daughter of either METALLICA's production or tour manager. (Note: The child was reportedly not injured during the incident.)

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So...

I am not really sure if I have ever watched a movie and put up a review here but I really felt the need to share my thoughts on this one.

I will be the first to admit I thought this movie looked really good and had planned to make it out and see it in the theatre.

There was a TON of hype on it and I bought into it!
But last night I sat down to watch all 300 hours of it.

After what seemed like a million years of watching I had to turn it off.

I am sure there are many of you who will be screaming for my head on this but I just did not get it?
Yeah there was a kind of hot blue girl but other than that it could not follow what was going on...

It sucked!

Save your money and DVR space.

Till next time!

M

Ps. No offence if you liked it...but this was a stinky movie!
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Dont Miss It!

So as I am sure you heard this morning we have made the announcement on Twisted Christmas!
This is going to be a hell of a show!
Hell Yeah, Red Line Chemistry you are familiar with and the two new ones Hail The Villain and A New Revolution are really good as well.

I have only had a chance to see them once but they both put on a hell of a show!

I think you will be more than happy with this one!
And for $ 9.89 you can NOT go wrong!
Hell you cant go to a bar show for that kind of money anymore!
Now remember that the Rockaholic pre-sale starts Wednesday morning at 10am.

Make sure you get in there and get your tickets ASAP!
This is one you will not want to miss!
Don't risk missing it because of a sell out!

See ya there!
M
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What a weekend!

 



I have never been so sore in my life...Or at least since this time last year.

As the fall air starts to creep in I feel the need to get a fire going in the fireplace.

Now I know a lot of people that will go toa store and get their firewood there but as a good Iowa boy I feel the need to harvest it myself.

And how may other appartment dwellers do you know that own a chainsaw!

So this weekend I made my yearly pilgramige to Oak Grove to see a friend of mine that has a tree removal business.

Long story short I filled two pickup trucks with wood and found a bunch of muscles I had no idea I even had.

Still hurts to type!
Till next time!
M
Ps. It better be cold this winter or I am going through this pain for nothing!
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Freakers 2010!

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That was a hell of a show!
Yes this weekend we took over the Midland once again for Freakers Ball!
Thank you to everyone who made it out for the party.

The entire night was kick ass but I have to say that Drowning Pool sounded better to me than I had ever heard them!

Sevendust absolutely KILLED it and FFDP...Well what can you say about those guys other than KICK ASS!
And thank you to everyone who came out in costume!
What a night!

My only regret of the night was my phone died right after Sevendust so I did not get more pictures!

Till the next one!

M


Ps. And yest that was Westward dressed as the "Tooth Ferry"!
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Have you ever...

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...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!

Be safe!
M
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DANG!

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Yes, as Joe Dirt would say "DANG"!

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...

Well...NASCAR!
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!
M

Ps. Yes I do own a suit and as Will Smith would say in MIB "I make it look good!"
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So...

There are a few weeks in the year that just seem to take forever for me.

You know what I am talking about.

The week that you are so excited about the weekend that it seems to take forever to get to it!

The week before vacation, Christmas, Rockfest, and NASCAR!

And yes this weekend NASCAR comes to KC!
I cant wait!
The grilling, the beer, the cars, and the track scene in general!

COME ON FRIDAY!
See you at the track!

M
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What a day!

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Well when the alarm went off at 5:45 Sunday morning I was more than a bit tired but knew what I was about to do would be more than worth it!
Yep, it was time to jump on the bike and meet up with the crew at the Speedway for Bikers For Babies!
Other than cool temps and a little fog we could not have asked for a better day.

There is nothing better than riding with more than 6,000 of your friends!

Yes I said over 6,000 and we raised over 700,000 for Bikers For Babies!
Well done KC!

Thank you to everyone who came out and did the ride, tossed in some cash, or just sat on the side of the road cheering us on!

Till next time!
M
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This Weekend!

We need to jump on our bikes and go for a ride!
Its time for the 16th annual March Of Dimes Bikers For Babies ride!

I am sure you have heard a lot about this ride from us and hopefully you have already made it out and gotten yourself registered.

There is no better feeling in the world than going down the road with thousands of other bikes.

And to top it off seeing people on the side of the road cheering you on and knowing that you just rode your motorcycle and saved a life.

I can tell you honestly that at the end of the day you will have had at least one tear in your eye.

So make it out this week and get signed up.

It is only $35 per person but by the end of the ride you will more than feel good about what you just did!

See you at the Speedway Sunday for Bikers for Babies!

M
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SLASH!

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Holy crap that was a great show!
This has been a great summer for shows and there are still a lot of good ones on the way but I would say that Slash by far is the best of the year.

Great mix from Solo and Snakepit days!
But for me getting to see the GNR and Velvet Revolver stuff blew me away!
I never did get to see GNR back in the day but feel like I made up for it at the show.

Rocket Queen was by far the coolest thing I have ever seen.

Then he jumped into a little blues jam!

I was blown away!

Miles did a killer job all the way around.

That guy can sing his ass off and did a fantistic job.

Who needs Axel?

M
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WOW!

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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!
M
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What a week!

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Man, talk about a lot of good stuff going on.

It all started a week ago tonight we had the CD release party for Red Line Chemistry.

The boys did a killer job and congrats one making it into the bigs!

Then we had the Uproar Tour in town with Disturbed/A7X/Halestorm/HeallYeah and more.

Killer show even though I forgot to put on my sunscreen and burned the hell out of my head. (ps. I thought HellYeah killed it)

Now this week is flying by!
Johnny's birthday bash is Friday with Steel Panther and Craig Gass! (make sure you listen to win some tickets!)

Then Saturday night out in Bonner Springs for a free show with Rev Theory.

This has been one of those weeks that is just going too fast and is just loaded with good stuff!

Now I know you may be saying to yourself that I forgot the Slayer show....Well, I had planned to make it but I became a uncle on Monday so I had to go out and meet the little guy!

And yes. If you think I look scared in the picture I am.  That is the newest baby I have ever held!
Lets keep this going!
See you Friday at Johnny's Birthday!
M
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WOW!

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"  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!
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Vacation 2010: The Final Leg

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Summer Vacation 2010

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Been back for a few days now after a epic ride through this beautiful country of ours and all I can say is damn what a ride.

I had a huge story all planned out in my head to tell you about the trip but I think pictures say so much more!

So here is the brief run down....

Took a nice big loop up through Nebraska into Wyoming where we made a stop in Yellowstone for Old Faithful.

Shot up into Montana to check out Glacier National Park.

Then rode down to South Dakota through Sturgis.

We saw snow, bald eagles in flight, moose, elk, buffalo, (had a buffalo rib-eye in Cody Wy. that would melt in your mouth) had a  random goat walk up to us in Glacier, got in on a cattle drive on the highway in Montana, (yeah, running down a two lane and all of a sudden there was a her of cattle on the road) and so much more.

Had a few morning where the temps were in the 30's and only got into the 60's also had a few days near 100.

I am not saying that traveling by motorcycle is the only way to travel but if you want to get the sights, sounds, the smells (some not so good) and all of the views I don't think you can top it.

At some point in your life  you need to get out there and find a nice little two lane that you can have some fun with, eat some truck stop food, drink the local beer get a speeding ticket in Montana doing 86 (pay your ticket on sight...$20...yup thats it) and see the sights.

Dont be afraid of getting a little dirty and tired.

See you out there on the road!

MOOSE

Ps. Got some great video on this trip.

Check back soon for it!

M
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Vacation Here I come!

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So it has been about seven months since my last little break from work and next week I begin my journey to parts unknown.

Yes, it is finally time to fire up the bike and go for a ride.

Nothing locked in yet as far as a destination but looks like we might make it out to Yellowstone and Glacier National Park.

Ok, that is all I have for today.

It is too close now to stay focused!!
Check back in about a week for all the pics!

Till then ride safe!
M
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Why....

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!

DAMN IT!
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!
M
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Random rant!

Well as I was looking online today I noticed that a few people were talking about starting a boycott on BP.

This peaked my interest last week after reading that Korn was going to boycot  BP for all of their tour vehicles this summer.

Now I am all for expressing yourself.

If it is a boycott, not wearing fur, eating meat, or whatever.

But do you really think that a boycott of them is going to matter.

Sure it will touch the bottom line of the big company but you have to remember that it will really hurt the mom and pop that actually own the store.

Those are the people that live in our neighborhoods and go to our stores and spend money here locally!

I rarely go to BP other than for the higher octane for my bike but other than that I am all over the place.  Depending on price.

So if you are thinking about joining the boycott feel free to to so but you are only hurting the local guy.

Maybe if you really want to make a difference you should write your lawmakers or something that will go to the heart of the matter.

For me it is business as usual.

I am sure that BP not only sees this as a costly event for the environment but also the bottom line of the business.

That is a lot of cash spilling into the water that they will never see the money from!

This is just my opinion.

Feel free to disagree and do what you want!
M

Ps. Sorry to get all political on you!

Next week I will be back to boob, bikes, and rock n roll!
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Thunder Run 2010!

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So there I was up early Saturday morning ready to go for a nice little ride up to Worth for 3rd annual Thunder Run for JDRF.

The sun was shining and the weather looked great.

Had my breakfast and ran through the shower.

Walking into the bedroom I heard what could best be described as a jet taking off....But it was rain.

Not really a normal KC type rain but something you would expect to see in a tropical rain forest.

So I tossed on my rain gear and full face and set off on my journey.

Going up 35 I notice cars pulled off to the side of the road waiting for it to let up (which it never did).

Finally Worth was in sight.

Surely no one would come out for this ride on a crap day like this.

I was wrong. I was met by many brave souls who came out.

After about a two hour delay for the weather we hit the road.

The streets were dry and we had a smooth ride.

To those of you who made it I would like to say "thank you" and for those of you who did not. It is all good. But I do expect to see you out there next year.

I have already put in a request for good weather!

M

Ps. Keep a eye out for a 100 Mile Radius featuring the Thunder Run soon!
M
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Worthstock 2010!

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Well that was a hell of a day.

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!

M

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!

M
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Memorial Day!



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 AIRLINE CAPTAIN:
 
He  writes: My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We  have an H.R. on this flight." (H.R. stands for human remains.) "Are they military?" I  asked.
 
'Yes',  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 the  perfectly  dressed soldier.  He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier. The escorts of  these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us.
 
'My soldier is on his way back to  Virginia ,'  he said.  He proceeded to answer my questions,  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 toughest  job in the military and that I appreciated the  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.  He left the flight deck to find his seat.
 
We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure.  About  30 minutes into our flight I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin. 'I  just found out  the family of the soldier we are carrying, is on board', she said.  She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home.  The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left.  We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to  Virginia   .
 
The father of the soldier told the flight attendant that  knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartment  and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear.  He had  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 hear  the desperation in the flight attendants voice when she  asked me if there was anything I could do.. 'I'm on  it', I said. I told her that I would get back to her.
 
Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the  form of  e-mail like messages.  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..  I  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.  We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family.  I sent a text  message asking for an update.  I  saved the return  message from the dispatcher and the following is the text:
 
'Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There  is policy on this now and I had to check on a few  things. Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team will  meet the aircraft.  The team will  escort the family to the ramp and plane side.  A van will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family.  The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal where the remains can be seen on the ramp.  It is a private area for the family only.  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.    Please pass our condolences on to the family.  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 flight  attendant to pass on to the father.  The lead flight  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 and  landing. After landing, we cleared the runway  and taxied to the ramp area.  The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway.  It  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,  we were told that all traffic was being held for us.
 
'There is a team in place to meet the  aircraft', we were told.  It looked like it was all coming  together, then I  realized that once we turned the  seat belt sign off,  everyone would stand up at  once and delay the family from  getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked the  copilot to tell the ramp controller we were going to stop  short of the gate to make an  announcement to the passengers.   He did that and the ramp controller said, 'Take your time.'
 
I  stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake.   I pushed the public address button and said,  'Ladies and gentleman, this is  your Captain speaking I  have stopped short of our gate to make a  special announcement.  We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect.  His Name is  Private XXXXXX,  a soldier who recently lost his life.   Private XXXXXX is  under your feet in the cargo hold.  Escorting him today is  Army Sergeant  XXXXXXX.  Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter.  Your entire  flight crew is  asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to  allow the  family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.'
 
We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and  started our shutdown procedures.  A couple of  minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I  found the two forward flight  attendants crying,  something you just do not see.  I was told  that  after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft  stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit  the aircraft.
 
When the family got up and gathered their things, a  passenger slowly started to clap his hands.   Moments later more passengers  joined in and soon  the entire aircraft was clapping.  Words  of 'God  Bless You', I'm sorry, thank you, be proud, and other kind   words were uttered to the family as they made their  way down the  aisle and out of the airplane. They  were escorted down to  the ramp to finally be with  their loved one.
 
Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the  announcement I  had made.  They were just words, I  told them,  I could  say them over and over again,  but nothing I say will bring back  that brave soldier.
 
I  respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event  and the sacrifices that millions of our men and women  have made to ensure  our freedom and safety in these   United  States of AMERICA .
 
 
 
I know everyone who has served their country who reads this will have tears in their eyes, including  me.
 
Prayer chain for our Military... Don't break it!
 
Please send this on after a short prayer.. Prayer for our soldiers Don't break it!



Prayer:
'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..'
 
Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our troops around the world.
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Mudfest!



Well it has been just over a week since the big party and what a week it was.

With the media climbing all over us for "the destruction" of Liberty Memorial.

For the record it looks good out there.

Yes there was mud and some grass was smashed down but that happens every year.

And yes we do fix it every year!

I would say that since we have taken Rockfest back out to Liberty Memorial we have made the park a better place.

Yes it will cost a few bucks to re-seed but I cant imagine a better place to have Rockfest.

Rockfest has always been a show for you and the cash we can give to the Liberty Memorial is just a added bonus.

On a side note if you have never had a chance to go check out the museum there at the Memorial you really should.

I am a bit of a history nerd and would say it is put together really well.

It is one of the best I have been to!

So once again thank you very much for coming out to Rockfest, I hope you have made your full recovery, and are ready to do it again next year!

M
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We made it!

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Well Saturday started out kind of sketchy.

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!
M
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What a weekend!

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So this weekend was a blast.

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!

M
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Getting close now.

Twelve days from now we will be tearing it up at Rockfest.

I just hope that you are as ready as I am.

Rockfest to me has really become a lot like Christmas to me.

It seems that I start looking for hints and clues around the first of the year.

Now here it is just days away.

Lots of questions coming in as far as times for the bands on stage and at the autograph booth.

Jump over to the Rockfest page for all of those details.

Talked to Bob this morning and found out that the hotel packages are SOLD OUT and that the tickets are getting close.

I don't need to tell you this but get your tickets as soon as you can.

All of your friends are going to be there and it just would not be the same if you did not make it!

Till next time!
See you in twelve days!
M
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Another great show!

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Made it out to the Nickelback show last night and I have to say those guys really do put on a hell of a show.

Got stuck in traffic on the way out so I missed Sick Puppies but got in for the whole set of Shinedown.

I have never seen those guys put on a bad show and last night was no exception.

As far as a band that can put the crowd right into the action they are the kings of it.

Also nice to have the tribute to Dime during Simple Man.

Breaking Benjamin did a really good set.

They kind of kicked it up a notch and did allot of the harder stuff.

Nickelback was amazing as well.

They have a week off so I think they had a bit more fun with the set than I remember from the last time they were in.

From Burn It To The Ground to the Garth Brooks and GNR covers they put on a hell of a show.

One part in particular that I enjoy with Nickelback is during Picture they roll lots of photos from their past and put in a bunch of picture from KC.

All in all it was a great show!
Till next time!

M

Ps. Get your Rockfest tickets! I want to see you there!
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New Slash Cd...



Is killer.

Last week I picked up the new CD from Slash and have not taken in out of my player yet.

It is nothing  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".   Amazing song.

My all time favorite on the CD has to go to Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas! with " Beautiful Dangerous".   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 likes 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!

Till next time!
Enjoy!
M
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Two word for you...

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O my god ac/dc kicked soo much ass last night I hope you were there becuse it was the best show I have ever seen in my life! Really!

Ok, that might have been more than two word but you get the point!

I know AC/DC has been around for a long time but for a band that started out in '73 they can still bring it like no one else.

Yeah...1973!

I have had the honor to see many great concerts but last night will go down as one of the best in my book!

For Those About To Rock  (thank you AC/DC!)

M
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I love spring!

So we had a bit of a set back with the first day of spring and the snow storm but still!
This is the time of year when bands start cranking out all of their new music. Jackyl, Godsmack, Ozzy, Korn, Stone Sour, STP,and the list goes on!
Along with all that  new music comes concert season!
There is nothing better than seeing your favorite band live.

Dont forget as you plan to head out to those shows to keep a eye out for your fellow rocker.

If you see someone hit the ground in the pit pick them up and try to knock them back down. (then repeat)

If you see a girl crowd surfing don't get all "handsy" it could be your sis.

If you are crowd surfing remember I am about a foot taller than everyone else so try to not kick me in the head...again!

Pace the party. It would suck to not remember what you just saw. (years ago went to a Motley show with one of my friends and at one pint he thought we were at a Floyd show)

Most importantly...Have a good time! 

Hope to see you at all of the shows!

See ya out there!
M
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Look out!

Once again it is time to break  the bikes out and get ready for another season.

I have already heard of some of our fellow riders going down.

This time of year is very dangerous for riders.

First off we have not had as much saddle time and some of the reflexes may be a bit rusty.

Second, there is a ton of salt and sand still on the roads from all the snow we had.

Third, our four wheel friends have not seen us out much lately.

So as you get your bike all ready for the beautiful weather give yourself a reminder that is is a little risky out there and to be as safe as you can.

For me a ride is the best way to get the head clear.

If I have had a bad day or just need to escape that is the means in which I choose to do it.

But on the same hand nothing will jack up your day worse that a wreck!
So please be careful as you go out for your ride and for those of you on four wheels  please give us a little bit of space.

We may be able to miss you if you pull out in front of us but me personally...I dont want to have to.

And for those of you on two wheels...Be smart when you ride.

That is my dad speech for today.

Now get out there and have some fun!
Ill see you on the road!

M
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Again!?

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Here is my view once again from high atop the Entercom building.

It seems all too familiar.

Another view of snow and more salt on the road than you can shake a stick at.

Adding insult to injury...we still have a month of winter left.

Even worse we are on the way to breaking a snow record for KC.

Don't get me wrong I do love snow.

But I like it around Christmas!

It also doesn't help that when watching the weather on the news (yes I watch allot of weather) that I am reminded that a year ago we were sunny and near 70.

This reminds me of the cold, snow filled, don't have school, kind of days I had growing up in Northern Iowa.

I'm ready to get the bike out for more than a few minutes.

I would even be ok with being a little cold but snow and bikes are a bad combo!

So all those in favor of sunny and 70 please raise your hands!
Till next time!

M

Ps. Yes I will probably be bitching about the heat here in about 5 months.

Come on spring!  Get here soon!

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I did it!

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"You have to feel it in your heart because it never makes sense in your head".

So there you have it!
Worked for me.

Till next time!



M

Ps. Allot of the other married guys are telling me that I need to start paying "married guy" dues?
Any truth to that and if I do pay when can I start getting a cut of that cash!


First of all thank you very much for all the congrats calls and emails.

After five years Jess and I finally tied the knot.

It was a real nice little service.

More of a elope really.

But in the end we got it done!
I would have never thought in a million years that I would be the guy to get married.

There were many conversations with my married friends and I had more that my fair share of questions as to what it was like, what changes, all the usual stuff.

Now that it is all said and done I would like to give some great advice to those of you thinking about.

 


During a show The Bob and I were talking about it and he said to me

 

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Well here we are again...

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The day after the Super Bowl.
I am not one to talk sports very often but I have to admit it was a hell of a game.
The Saints really in the end just wanted it more.
I have also found that it is kind of fun to watch a game where you are not really pushing for either team.
But now for the important question...Favorite commercial?
What do you think?
I would have to lean towards the Doritos Ninja or maybe the Megan Fox in the bath tub.
Who 'am I trying to kid!
It was Megan Fox in the bath tub...What was she even selling in there?

What was yours?

Till next time!
M
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Well...That went fast!

Yup I am talking about the Rockaholic pre-sale for the Low Dough Show with Sevendust and Drowning Pool.
Seems like they just keep getting faster and faster.
Since the sell out I have had many calls and emails about the "scalpers" getting all the tickets.
Unfortunately there really is nothing we can do to stop that but there is something you can do to stop it.
Don't buy their tickets.
Keep trying your luck on winning them or just contact the person that you see online and try to talk them down on the price.
You know what they paid.
Make them a fair offer.
Dont forget there is a service fee on the tickets but if they want 50 for a 9.89 ticket that is a bit out of hand.
Not everyone you find with extra tickets will try to gouge you one the price.
Some got tickets and found out after the fact they had to work or could not make the show for some reason.
But to those who bought a bunch just to make money, I say shame on you.
I guess in the future when a Rockaholic pre-sale fires up do whatever you can to make sure you are close to a computer so you can be one of the first to get your tickets.

Sorry about the rant.

Till next time!

M
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Here We Go...

Are you ready for it?
Tomorrow is the day for you my Rockaholic fried to once again reap the benefits of your Rockaholic status!
Yes, it is time for another Low Dough show and this is going to be a hell of a show!
Sevendust and Drowning Pool!
For $9.89?
Hell, you cant go to a movie for that anymore.
Not sure if you have had a chance to see either of these bands before but both of them put on a show that you will never forget.
The sheer intensity of Sevendust will stick with you.
Drowning Pool...What can I say I have always been a huge fan of them!
Ok, enough of the sell.
Get over to the main page and make sure that you are a Rockaholic and be ready to jump in tomorrow morning for your tickets!
Ill see you at the show!

M
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Did we learn anything from this?

Just got this email from a friend this morning.
It was too good not to share!

How stupid do you have to be to protest leather at a private biker rally?

Johnstown, PA (GlossyNews)- Local and state police scoured the hills outside rural Johnstown, Pennsylvania, after reports of three animal rights activists going missing after attempting to protest the wearing of leather at a large motorcycle gang rally this weekend. Two others, previously reported missing, were discovered by fast food workers "duct taped inside several fast food restaurant dumpsters," according to police officials.

"Something just went wrong," said a still visibly shaken organizer of the protest."Something just went horribly, horribly, wrong."

The organizer said a group of concerned animal rights activist groups,"growing tired of throwing fake blood and shouting profanities at older women wearing leather or fur coats," decided to protest the annual motorcycle club event "in a hope to show them our outrage at their wanton use of leather in their clothing and motor bike seats.""In fact," said the organizer,"motorcycle gangs are one of the biggest abusers of wearing leather, and we decided it was high time that we let them know that we disagree with them using it...ergo, they should stop."

According to witnesses, protesters arrived at the event in a vintage 1960's era Volkswagen van and began to pelt the gang members with balloons filled with red colored water, simulating blood, and shouting "you're murderers" to passers by. This, evidently, is when the brouhaha began.

"They peed on me!!!" charged one activist."They grabbed me, said I looked like I was French, started calling me `La Trene', and duct taped me to a tree so they could pee on me all day!"

"I...I was trying to show my outrage at a man with a heavy leather jacket, and he...he didn't even care. I called him a murderer, and all he said was,`You can't prove that.' Next thing I know he forced me to ride on the back of his motorcycle all day, and would not let me off, because his girl friend was out of town and I was almost a woman."

Still others claimed they were forced to eat hamburgers and hot dogs under duress. Those who resisted were allegedly held down while several bikers "farted on their heads."

Police officials declined comments on any leads or arrests due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, however, organizers for the motorcycle club rally expressed "surprise" at the allegations.

"That's preposterous," said one high-ranking member of the biker organizing committee."We were having a party, and these people showed up and were very rude to us. They threw things at us, called us names, and tried to ruin the entire event. So, what did we do? We invited them to the party! What could be more friendly than that? You know, just because we are all members of motorcycle clubs does not mean we do not care about inclusiveness. Personally, I think it shows a lack of character for them to be saying such nasty things about us after we bent over backwards to make them feel welcome."

When confronted with the allegations of force-feeding the activists meat, using them as ad hoc latrines, leaving them incapacitated in fast food restaurant dumpsters, and `farting on their heads,' the organizer declined to comment in detail."That's just our secret handshake," assured the organizer.



David L. Laigle


Hope you got as big or a kick out of this as I did!

M
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Is it spring yet?

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...Not quite.
Still snow on the ground but for the rest of the week we are going to be above freezing.
Before you know it we will be back on the road and hopefully soon F'Em Up and myself will be getting some good 100 Mile Radius in here for you.
We have been talking quite a bit about some good locations but always open for more.
If you have a killer ride in your area let me know.
Just post here or shoot me a email at moose@989therock.com
Till then go out and get yourself a new piece of chrome, that new exhaust, or grab a sled and find suicide hill!

Be safe!

M
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The 1,200 Mile Radius...

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...Sort of.
Sure is good to be home but Christmas vacation '09 was a hell of a trip.
Starting with the Christmas Eve snowstorm to the sub-zero temps of '10.
Here are a few pictures from my "South Texas Death Trip" as I like to call it.
Took off Sunday after Christmas and made it down to Laredo Texas.
Why you ask...Beats me just wanted to make a run for the border.
Even though a week before I got there it was in the 80's down there it was still nice to see some sixties.
Crossed the border in to Mexico and bought more than my fair share of junk.
I did find a almond flavored tequila that will really creep up on you if you don't watch yourself with it.
Mexico was awesome but you forget that just about a mile South of Texas you can see the police cruising through the streets with fully automatic weapons and APC's.
Makes me feel good to be and American.
That was part one of the "South Texas Death Trip" now for part two....SNOW...In Texas...Yeah!
South of Dallas I ran into a hell of a snow storm!
Other than that it was a great trip.
Did a quick shot up for New Years to see the family in Iowa and got caught in the -20 weather (you know it is cold when your beard freezes just walking thru the parking lot).
Although I did see some great sights, ate some great food, and had allot of fun like they say there is no place like home.
Here is to a new year KC!
I cant wait!
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Merry Christmas!

Chris-Moose Tree!
Here it is, my final blog of the year!
What a year it has been.
We have had allot of good times and I don't see the fun slowing down in 2010!
I could get all sappy and stuff and tell you how much I love you guys and stuff
but Im fairly sure you know that!
So here it is short and sweet.
Merry Christmas and here is to 2010!
Thank you for listening and being my friends!
MOOSE
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KISS '09

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Well, I wanted the best and I got the best.
Made it out to the KISS show last night and I can say honestly that is was one of the best shows that I have ever been to.
I have been a KISS fan forever.
As a kid I went directly from Chipmunk Punk to KISS.
All of my allowance money went to the record store to get KISS records.
This was only the second time I have had a chance to see them live and man what a show!
They really dug into the old school for this one.
It was ALL GOOD!
From the lights and fire to the drum solo to Gene spitting blood and flying around the stage.
This was just a fun show.
For me the hi-lite of the show was when Paul did his little speech on how bands are not here to change the world and then they dove into Rock N Roll All Night.
Thank you KISS for doing what you do!

M

Ps. That was the most confetti I have ever seen in my life!
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