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Santana at Woodstock, Saturday afternoon, August 16, 1969. In this photo we see percussionist Jose "Chepito" Areas to th...
08/02/2019

Santana at Woodstock, Saturday afternoon, August 16, 1969. In this photo we see percussionist Jose "Chepito" Areas to the left, in red. Up front, in the center, is the late David Brown on bass. On drums (right in front of us!) is twenty year old drummer, Michael Shrieve. Out of the photo is lead singer and keyboardist Gregg Rolie, percussionist Michael Carabello and some guy named Carlos Santana. Santana were the third act to perform on day two, taking the stage at around 2:00PM (after John B. Sebastian). Santana were virtually unknown at that time, especially on the east coast. Their self titled debut album wouldn't be released for another two weeks.

New York Mets
07/31/2019

New York Mets

We would like to extend our best wishes to Ron Swoboda, who was discharged from the hospital last night after successful heart bypass surgery. Ron is resting comfortably in his home and says he will be ready for Spring Training. 🧡💙

07/31/2019

THE YANKEES DID NOT ACQUIRE ANYBODY.

07/31/2019

THE METS WILL NOT BE TRADING ZACK WHEELER.

07/31/2019

YANKEES ARE OUT ON THE METS' ZACK WHEELER.

07/31/2019

AND, WOODSTOCK 50 HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN CANCELLED.

07/31/2019

Talks for Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler are "red hot". Rays, Astros, Yankees and Braves are in on him. 64 minutes til the deadline.

07/31/2019

Trade deadline update:
Talks between the Yankees and Diamondbacks (who are playing each other right now) for Arizona's starting pitcher Robbie Ray are dead.

07/31/2019

Sharing some trade deadline baseball rumors with my Mets and Yankees pals...

Earlier, I posted that the Mets were not trading Noah Syndergaard. They will also not be trading Edwin Diaz. As for Zack Wheeler: the one team that keeps getting mentioned as being interested in Wheeler are the Astros, but they are also kicking the tires on several other pitchers. It is possible the Mets decide not to trade Wheeler, either. There is an outside chance the Mets try to acquire a relief pitcher (they have inquired about Amir Garrett of the Reds).

As for the Yankees, I've heard very little, except, they are looking at Madison Bumgarner of the Giants, but the Giants don't seem willing to trade him.

The trade deadline is 4PM today, 1 hour and 40 minutes from now.

NFL hall of fame linebacker, and Miami Dolphins legend, Nick Buoniconti, died  at the age of 78 after a long battle with...
07/31/2019
Miami Dolphins: Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti dead at 78

NFL hall of fame linebacker, and Miami Dolphins legend, Nick Buoniconti, died at the age of 78 after a long battle with dementia. Claiming that CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) had taken his life away, Nick donated his brain to science. Nick's fourteen year career was split evenly between the Boston Patriots (1962-1968) and the Dolphins (1969-1976). Nick went to the Super Bowl three straight seasons with the Dolphins, losing in 1971-72 and winning in 1972-73 an 1973-74.

Nick Buoniconti made a surprising revelation just before he was to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001: He was so distressed at being traded from

07/31/2019

The Mets have taken Noah Syndergaard off the trade market!

Add two more to the list of those who will not go to Maryland to perform at Woodstock 50 - Country Joe McDonald (formerl...
07/30/2019
Woodstock ’69 Vet Country Joe McDonald Leaps Off ‘Sinking Ship’ Woodstock 50

Add two more to the list of those who will not go to Maryland to perform at Woodstock 50 - Country Joe McDonald (formerly of Country Joe and the Fish) and John Sebastian (formerly of the Lovin' Spoonful). They join John Fogerty, Jay-Z and Dead and Company who have said that they will not perform at the fiftieth anniversary Woodstock festival...if it happens at all.

The Lovin’ Spoonful founder John Sebastian also drops out as organizers attempt relocation to Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion

07/29/2019

Although he'll probably never make it to the majors in a Mets uniform, here's a bit about Austin Bossart - the newest member of the Mets minor league system. Bossart is a catcher and a Texas native, who was drafted by the Phillies four years ago from UPenn. He was playing this year in AA for the Reading Fightin Phils. (They should be called the Reading Fartin Phils, don't ya think?!) Bossart was hitting an impressive .195 with 7 homers and 28 RBI. He was also with the AA Reading Fightin Phils last year and briefly in 2017. Last year he hit .273 with 7 homers and 29 RBI.

07/29/2019

I hate helping a division rival, but I can live with this - the Mets are sending starting pitcher Jason Vargas to the Philadelphia Phillies (and he joins another ex-Met, Jay Bruce). Vargas will help the Phillies, but it's not the kind of move that will tilt the scale in the Phillies favor. The Mets get minor league catcher, Austin Bossart.

So, as of this second...the Mets have actually improved themselves replacing Jason Vargas with Marcus Stroman in the starting rotation.

07/29/2019

Diane Shatz Browning and Rich Nesin called it...Jason Vargas is an ex-Met heading to the Philadelphia Phillies.

07/29/2019

Mets trade number two about to happen.
Jason Vargas about to be sent...somewhere...

07/28/2019

THE METS HAVE ACQUIRED STARTING PITCHER MARCUS STROMAN FROM THE BLUE JAYS.

Before settling in White Lake, in the town of Bethel, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair's Aquarian Exposition was suppose...
07/28/2019

Before settling in White Lake, in the town of Bethel, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair's Aquarian Exposition was supposed to take place in Wallkill, New York.

07/27/2019

I hope that wasn’t the last time I’ll see Zack Wheeler in a Mets uniform.

07/26/2019

Jay-Z has pulled out of Woodstock 50.

To flip back to yesterday, my friend Thomas Harkins, who’ll be publishing his new Woodstock FAQ book very soon, pointe...
07/26/2019
Woodstock 50 Festival Is Saved, With Just Weeks to Spare

To flip back to yesterday, my friend Thomas Harkins, who’ll be publishing his new Woodstock FAQ book very soon, pointed this article out to me.

The event, originally planned for upstate New York, was all but dead after the last permit denial. It will be held Aug. 16-18 in Columbia, Md.

07/25/2019
THE BAND

THE BAND

Robbie Robertson’s new album, Sinematic speaks to a dramatic life story and a fascination with the dark side of human nature.

07/25/2019

TROY TULOWITZKI, New York Yankees shortstop, and a former shortstop for the Colorado Rockies (2006-2015) and the Toronto Blue Jays (2015-2018), has announced his retirement.

07/25/2019

Gregg Allman fans...

Gregg's first two solo albums - 1973's "Laid Back" and the 1974 live album "The Gregg Allman Tour" - will both be getting reissued on August 30.
"Laid Back" will be expanded into a deluxe edition featuring twenty-six bonus tracks of previously unreleased material, including demos, outtakes, rare songs and alternative mixes. The CD edition will be a double CD set. There will be two double vinyl editions - a 180 gram black vinyl edition and a limited, violet and white marble colored LP edition.
As for "The Gregg Allman Tour" (which was recorded in April 1974 at Carnegie Hall and the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey, with the band, Cowboy, and an orchestra), it will be appearing as a double album - a 180 gram black vinyl edition and a 180 gram gray and white marble colored vinyl edition. I see no indication that "The Gregg Allman Tour" will be reissued on CD.

A bird's eye view of the Woodstock festival. That's the stage in the center, sitting at the bottom of "the bowl", with t...
07/24/2019

A bird's eye view of the Woodstock festival. That's the stage in the center, sitting at the bottom of "the bowl", with the crowd spread out up "the hill", roughly in the shape of a baseball diamond (with the stage being home plate). The road to the right is Hurd Road and running across the bottom (behind the stage) is West Shore Road. You can see the wooden footbridge connecting the stage to the artist's area on the other side of West Shore Road. The backstage area is kept pretty clear thanks to a wooden wall.

07/24/2019
"Perry Como: Still Alive" SCTV S4 E10 1981

Some yucks, courtesy of SCTV. That’s Eugene Levy as Perry Como. From 1981.

This is one of my all-time favorite sketches from SCTV, and I noticed there really wasn't a full HQ version on YouTube... so, here we are. From S4 E10, "CCCP...

07/24/2019
SNY

Three homeruns in one game tonight for the Mets second baseman, Robinson Cano! The first two were hit off Chris Paddack, the San Diego Padres rookie pitcher. Hey, Paddack! You suck!! Mets/Cano-5, Padres-2.

Relive all 3 of Robinson Cano's homers 🍎🍎🍎

07/23/2019

Many of you have heard by now that Art Neville died yesterday at the age of 81. Art was a founding member of both the Meters and the Neville Brothers, two iconic New Orleans bands. Art had been in deteriorating health in recent years and announced his retirement from music this past December.

Arthur Lanon Neville was born on December 17, 1937. As a member of the Hawketts, Art was the vocalist on their version of "Mardi Gras Mambo" in 1954, which became a New Orleans anthem. In the early to mid 1960s, Art Neville was a founding member of the Neville Sounds, the band that would go on the become the highly influential and much loved New Orleans funk band, the Meters, later in the 1960s. The Meters broke up by the late 1970s, but by then, Art and his brothers had another gig happening. It was in 1976 that Art, Charles, Cyril and Aaron Neville were part of the Wild Tchoupitoulas, a Mardi Gras Indian group led by their uncle, George "Big Chief Jolly" Landry. They recorded one, highly influential, self titled album. That led to the formation of the Neville Brothers in 1977. Their self titled debut album was issued in 1978 and was followed by "Fiyo On The Bayou" in 1981, "Uptown" in 1987, "Yellow Moon" in 1989, "Brother's Keeper" in 1990, "Family Groove" in 1992, "Live On Planet Earth" in 1994, "Mitakuye Oyasin Oyasin All My Relations" in 1995, "Valence Street" in 1999, "Walkin' In The Shadow Of Life" in 2004, "Hip-O Select Presents Authorized Bootleg Warfield Theatre San Francisco, CA February 27, 1989" in 2010, different variations and reissues of the live album "Neville-ization" and a companion second volume plus multiple compilations. By the late 1980s, the Meters had drifted back together an they would soon morph into the Funky Meters.

Art's son, Ian, is a member of the band Dumpstaphunk, along with his cousin, Ivan, who is Aaron Neville's son.

This summer alone, the New Orleans music community has lost Dr. John, Dave Bartholomew and now Art Neville.

Mountain live at Woodstock, Saturday night, August 16, 1969. Leslie West - guitar, vocals; Felix Pappalardi - bass, voca...
07/22/2019

Mountain live at Woodstock, Saturday night, August 16, 1969. Leslie West - guitar, vocals; Felix Pappalardi - bass, vocals, N.D. Smart - drums, Steve Knight - keyboards.

Since the beginning of July, I've been taking a look at the solo albums of RINGO STARR. Ringo recently celebrated his 79...
07/22/2019

Since the beginning of July, I've been taking a look at the solo albums of RINGO STARR. Ringo recently celebrated his 79th birthday and will soon be embarking on his All Starr Band's thirtieth anniversary tour.

RINGO STARR ALBUM POST 15:
“Ringo Starr And His Third All-Starr Band Volume 1”
Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band
U.S.: August 12, 1997
U.S.: Blockbuster Records

- Ringo Starr put together a third All Starr Band to take out on the road in 1995. Joining him on bass was the Who's John Entwistle, returning from the first band/tour was keyboardist Billy Preston, from Grand Funk Railroad was guitarist Mark Farner, Randy Bachman, formerly of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was on guitar and Felix Cavaliere, formerly of the Rascals, was on keyboards. This All Starr Band was accompanied by Ringo's son, Zak Starkey, returning for his second consecutive tour, on drums, and saxophonist, Mark Rivera. (As was the case on the past two tours, the All Starr Band was occasionally joined at select shows by special guests.)
- The third tour took place in July and August 1995.
- The third All Starr Band live album was then released two years later, in August 1997, by the Blockbuster video store chain, who had started a short lived music division. The album was intended to be the first of two volumes, but a second never materialized.
- The album was recorded on June 27, 1995, at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, and the executive producers were Ringo Starr and David Fishof, the tour's producer.
- "Ringo Starr And His Third All-Starr Band Volume 1" did not chart and there weren't any singles released from it.
- The album was not released in the U.K.

- Each track’s frontman is mentioned in parentheses:
- ‘Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go’ [Ringo Starr],
- ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ [Ringo Starr],
- ‘It Don't Come Easy’ [Ringo Starr],
- ‘The Loco-Motion’ [Mark Farner],
- ‘Nothing From Nothing’ [Billy Preston],
- ‘No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature’ [Randy Bachman],
- ‘People Got To Be Free’ [Felix Cavaliere],
- ‘Boris The Spider’ [John Entwistle],
- ‘Boys’ [Ringo Starr],
- 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet' [Randy Bachman],
- 'You're Sixteen' [Ringo Starr],
- 'Yellow Submarine' [Ringo Starr].

Since the beginning of July, I've been taking a look at the solo albums of RINGO STARR. Ringo recently celebrated his 79...
07/20/2019

Since the beginning of July, I've been taking a look at the solo albums of RINGO STARR. Ringo recently celebrated his 79th birthday and will soon be embarking on his All Starr Band's thirtieth anniversary tour.

RINGO STARR ALBUM POST 14:
“Live From Montreux”
Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band
September 14, 1993
Rykodisc Records

- Ringo Starr had so much fun on the first All Starr Band tour in 1989, he decided to do it again, this time in support of his tenth studio album, "Time Takes Time".
- Rykodisc Records, who released the first live album, 1990's "Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band...", also released this second one, "Live From Montreux" (which was referred to as "Volume 2" on the CD's spine), worldwide. It was Ringo's second and final release on the Rykodisc label.
- Ringo's second All Starr Band saw the return of Joe Walsh and Nils Lofgren from the first band. Both were on guitar. Joining them were newcomers Todd Rundgren on guitar, Dave Edmunds on guitar, Burton Cummings (formerly of the Guess Who) on keyboards, Timothy B. Schmit (of Eagles and formerly of Poco) on bass, Ringo's son, Zak Starkey, on drums and Tim Cappello on saxophone. Of course, Ringo was on drums! Along the way, they were joined by the occasional special guest.
- The tour ran from early June until early September 1992.
- The album was recorded live on July 13, 1992 at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
- The album was produced by Ringo Starr.
- "Live From Montreux" did not chart and there weren't any singles released from it.

- Each track’s frontman is mentioned in parentheses:
- The Really "Serious" Introduction [Quincy Jones and Ringo Starr],
- ‘I'm The Greatest’ [Ringo Starr],
- ‘Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go’ [Ringo Starr],
- ‘Yellow Submarine’ [Ringo Starr],
- ‘Desperado’ [Joe Walsh],
- ‘I Can't Tell You Why’ [Timothy B. Schmit],
- ‘Girls Talk’ [Dave Edmunds],
- ‘Weight Of The World’ [Ringo Starr],
- ‘Bang The Drum All Day’ [Todd Rundgren],
- ‘Walking Nerve’ [Nils Lofgren],
- 'Black Maria' [Todd Rundgren]
- 'In The City' [Joe Walsh],
- 'American Woman' [Burton Cummings],
- 'Boys' [Ringo Starr],
- 'With A Little Help From My Friends' [Ringo Starr].

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07/20/2019

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Since the beginning of July, I've been taking a look at the solo albums of RINGO STARR. Ringo recently celebrated his 79...
07/20/2019

Since the beginning of July, I've been taking a look at the solo albums of RINGO STARR. Ringo recently celebrated his 79th birthday and will soon be embarking on his All Starr Band's thirtieth anniversary tour.

RINGO STARR ALBUM POST 13:
“Time Takes Time”
Ringo Starr
U.S.: May 22, 1992; U.K.: June 29, 1992
Private Music Records

- Ringo Starr's acclaimed 1989 tour with his All Starr Band proved to be a very rewarding experience for him and it helped to get him back on the music radar. Feeling energized in the aftermath of this first tour, Ringo was eager to start work on a new album.
- It had been a long time since Ringo released any new music. His 1987 Memphis sessions with Chips Moman resulted in nothing more than a shelved batch of songs and a lawsuit. His last album, "Old Wave", came out in 1983 but wasn't released in the U.S. or U.K. You'd have to go back to "Stop And Smell The Roses" in 1981 to find the last album released in those countries.
- Despite the fact that he hadn't released an album that had any significant commercial impact since 1976's "Ringo's Rotogravure", Ringo still managed to snag a new record deal for the upcoming album. Like a growing number of veteran artists who once recorded for, and had success on, major labels, Ringo made the switch to an independent label, in this case, he signed with Private Music. Private Music was an indie label founded in 1984 by Peter Baumann, a former member of Tangerine Dream. Initially, Private Music's roster was dominated by instrumentalists like Ravi Shankar, Leo Kottke, Yanni, former Police guitarist Andy Summers, Eddie Jobson, Jerry Goodman, James Newton Howard, Suzanne Ciani, Patrick O'Hearn, David VanTieghem, Philip Glass, John Tesh, Shadowfax and Tangerine Dream. Most of these artists fell into the New Age category, but that started to change by the late 1980s and early 1990s when the label signed Jennifer Warnes, Nona Hendryx, Dan Hartman, Leon Redbone, Taj Mahal, Ringo, Etta James, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Rankin, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Eliza Gilkyson, the Pahinui Brothers, Dan Zanes and newcomers like Susan Werner and A.J. Croce (Jim's son). BMG distributed Private Music.
- Ringo planned to try out four different producers and then choose one of them to record his new album with. Those getting the try out were Don Was, Peter Asher, Phil Ramone and Jeff Lynne. Ultimately, Ringo decided to use all of them, which resulted in a scenario similar to "Stop And Smell The Roses", which had five different producers.
- The new album was recorded sporadically from March to September 1991 and February 1992. Ringo recorded more songs than were needed for the album, so a handful of tracks were used as b-sides and bonus cuts while a bunch were discarded and have never been released (including Ringo's cover of Andrew Gold's 'Thank You For Being A Friend').
- In early 1992, Ringo announced the imminent release of his new album, which would be supported by a second tour with his All Starr Band.
- The album was called "Time Takes Time", and was released in the U.S. on May 22 and in the U.K. on June 29. It would be Ringo's tenth studio album.
- 'Weight Of The World', was released as the single from the album in late April 1992 in the U.S. and mid May in the U.K. The album track 'After All These Years' was the b-side, while the CD single also included Ringo's version of 'Don't Be Cruel', written by Elvis Presley and Otis Blackwell and first recorded by Elvis Presley in 1956. Jeff Lynne produced it. 'Don't Be Cruel' was included as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of "Time Takes Time".
- 'Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go', coupled with the non-album track, 'Everybody Wins', was planned to be the album's second U.S. single in early July, but it was cancelled. 'Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go' did, however, get released as a single in Germany in September, with the album track 'Don't Know A Thing About Love' and the non-album 'Everybody Wins' included. 'Everybody Wins' was produced by Peter Asher. With the CD now the main music format, having surpassed the vinyl LP, only a handful of countries worldwide saw "Time Takes Time" get released on vinyl.
- The album was Ringo's first to be promoted with a tour, which would be the second for Ringo's All Starr Band.
- Although sales were poor for "Time Takes Time", and for the 'Weight Of The World' single, reviews were glowing with many saying the Beatle-esque "Time Takes Time" was Ringo's best album since "Goodnight Vienna" in 1974 and/or "Ringo" in 1973. 'Weight Of The World' did make a brief appearance on the U.K. singles chart, making it Ringo's first charting single in the U.K. since 1974.
- Because the album was built from many sessions that were overseen by four different producers, there was a huge roster of talent that played on "Time Takes Time". This included Peter Asher (of Peter and Gordon), Berton Averre (of the Knack), Jeff Baxter (of Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers), Robbie Buchanan, Valerie Carter, Doug Fieger (of the Knack), Bob Glaub, Andrew Gold, Mark Goldenberg, David Grissom, Mark Hart (of Supertramp and Crowded House), Jim Horn, Mark Hudson (of the Hudson Brothers), James "Hutch" Hutchinson, Michael Landau, Jeff Lynne (of the Electric Light Orchestra), Roger Manning (of Jellyfish), Harry Nilsson, Andy Sturmer (of Jellyfish), Benmont Tench (of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers), Waddy Wachtel, Brian Wilson (of the Beach Boys) and more.
- Private Music would drop Ringo from their roster after this one album. (In 2016, "Time Takes Time" was reissued by Friday Music / Sony Music.)

- Each track’s songwriters are in parentheses:
- ‘Weight Of The World’ [Brian O'Doherty, Fred Velez] produced by Don Was,
- ‘Don't Know A Thing About Love’ [Richard Feldman, Stan Lynch (of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers)]
produced by Don Was,
- ‘Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go’ [Richard Starkey, Johnny Warman (who had recorded for Ringo's label, Ring O Records), Gary Grainger]
produced by Jeff Lynne,
- ‘Golden Blunders’ [Jonathan Auer, Kenneth Stringfellow (They are the frontmen of the Posies and were latter day members of Big Star. 'Golden Blunders' was originally done by the Posies in 1990.)]
produced by Peter Asher,
- ‘All In The Name Of Love’ [Jerry Lynn Williams]
produced by Phil Ramone,

- ‘After All These Years’ [Richard Starkey, Johnny Warman] produced by Jeff Lynne,
- ‘I Don't Believe You’ [Andy Sturmer, Roger Manning (They were the frontmen of Jellyfish)]
produced by Don Was,
- ‘Runaways’ [Richard Starkey, Johnny Warman]
produced by Phil Ramone,
- ‘In A Heartbeat’ [Diane Warren]
produced by Don Was,
- ‘What Goes Around’ [Rick Suchow]
produced by Don Was.

- Despite the fact that "Time Takes Time" received great reviews and was regarded as one of Ringo's best albums, he wouldn't follow it up with another studio album for six years.

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