The Wednesday Read: Pearl Jam – Concert & Poster

Rock bottom has built more heroes than privilege. – Unknown

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • The Pearl Jam Concert
  • The Pearl Jam Poster

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The Wednesday Read: Family Separations, Zinke & Socks, & Sir Paul

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. – Helen Keller

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • Family Separations
  • Zinke & Socks
  • Hey Beatles Fans

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Tom Petty’s Cassette

The cassette was already in the cassette deck. When I turned the key, “Refugee” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers started piercing the silence with the words:

It don’t make no difference to me, baby,
Everybody’s had to fight to be free,
You see you don’t have to live like a refugee

It was the summer of 1980 and I had just purchased the stereo for my car. It was not just any stereo, it was a Pioneer in-dash AM/FM cassette player. It came with pioneer speakers and I added a 100-watt power booster. The power booster had a plug-in for a microphone so you could sing along which for some reason attracted a lot of passengers so we could all sing like rock stars. I was proud of the new equipment in my car and told all my friends about purchasing it in Kansas City and buying several cassettes to play, along with a cassette case.

The album on the cassette was “Damn the Torpedoes” which almost made it to the top of the charts topping out at number two in 1979. When “Refugee” ended “Here Comes My Girl” started then “Even the Losers” played, which was followed by “Don’t Do Me Like That.”

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Terrific News Tuesday

We are always the same age inside. – Gertrude Stein

Welcome to Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial & Zinke
  • On the Road
  • Chobani Yogurt
  • Coachella 2017
  • Stanley Cup & NBA Playoffs

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Video Six-Pack: REO Speedwagon

I have wanted to write about the REO Speedwagon music videos for quite some time, but I am just now getting around to it. Thanks for reading!

Just as REO was getting to be well-known around the world in the 1980s, this little thing called MTV kicked off and, as they say, the rest is history.

Those who know me know that I have been an REO Speedwagon fan since I was about 15 years old. There’s always time at my house to put in a DVD of REO in concert and crank it up!

I saw my first REO concert in June of 1977 during a “Summer Jam” concert at Royals Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. There were several groups performing that day like Ted Nugent, Head East, Black Oak, etc. Overall, I have probably seen REO live about 20-25 times since then. I once said when I was younger that I would drop everything to be “security” for REO on tour. Maybe if I win the lottery, I might follow REO on tour for a whole year!

In the past decade, I was able to see REO with my son and daughter, which was very neat. In 2006, my son and I met lead singer Kevin Cronin in Three Forks, Montana, just before REO performed at Rockin’ the Rivers.

When my daughter was in the front row at a concert in Great Falls, Montana, three members of REO played for her: REO Speedwagon 080211

Back in the early 1980s, music videos took off. When “MTV” started playing music videos on August 1, 1981, “Take it on the Run” from REO was the ninth video ever played on MTV. Sadly, the video only played for a few seconds due to a technical glitch, but it was ninth, damn it!

Here are my six favorite REO Speedwagon music videos of all time and some honorable mentions. Enjoy my six-pack and by all means, turn up the volume!

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