Why Ageing Rock Stars Love Red Meat…..

Better eat your Wheaties at the Very least……..

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Working with Motown Legend SMOKEY ROBINSON this week….

This coming weekend I am excited to be working with SMOKEY ROBINSON………this will be my first time working with the Motown legend……It will be Saturday night in Primm, NV at the Star of the Desert Arena…….I am completely thrilled and I am really looking forward to it…….

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The Adamson M15 Monitor Wedges ROCK…….

Over the weekend, I was doing monitors in Primm, NV at the Star of the Desert Arena at the Sawyer Brown show and HAS Productions had provided the fairly new Adamson M15 Monitor Wedges for the gig powered by Crown Amps, and man of man did they ROCK…….Big and full and round sounding with lots of db SPL……Cut some 400  and some 12K and bang…….just slammin………way to go Larry Hall !!

And then the Phone Rings……..From CYPRESS HILL to SAWYER BROWN….

Just when I thought my schedule was set for the weekend with CYPRESS HILL at Mandalay Bay, the phone rings and my schedule changes……now I am off tomorrow to do Monitors with Sawyer Brown and Bucky Covington instead at the Primm Star of the Desert Arena…….oh well…..better money anyway……..it’s all good……..

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Suddenly I am Completely Slammed….

After a slow March and April, suddenly the work is coming fast and often…….lots of touring offers in the e-mail inbox and locally here in Vegas, I am having a hard time being in more than one place at a time…….

Wednesday, May 12th

I was on Fremont Street in Downtown Vegas doing Monitors for JEFFERSON STARSHIP……..Paul Kantner can still do it and Cathy Richardson on Vocals belted it out……..The New Shubert Systems Clair Brothers Monitor rig that HAS Productions provided me rocked and no one was left wanting for Vocals……..Thanks Larry and Dave!

Thursday, May 13th

Loaded out some Giant Corporate Show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena………..and let me tell you……..we tore down the entire arena faster than we loaded one (1) of the five (5) 53′ truck trailers because the MGM Grand Garden Arena has NO Loading docks……..(Major design flaw)………It completely sucked and the corporate guys have no plan for a truck pack….they always make it up as they go and having to fork lift everything into the trucks took hours…….

Friday, May 14th

5AM at the Mandalay Bay Events Center / Pool……..Why am I awake at all and why am I the only person here?………OOps……..I got e-mailed the wrong info (thus I am in the wrong place) and I just found out I should be in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to load in and set up Audio for OSA (On Stage Audio) with Brian Daily for some corporate show………..I am Dog tired after last nights load out at the MGM……..

Saturday, May 15th

On the Yamaha PM5D digital console at the Suncoast Showroom doing Monitors for the local Band ENVY……this band is pretty good…….and Katie the Lead Vocalist is smokin hot………and man oh man she wears some outrageous clothes or lack their of…..the kind of clothes that only 2% of the women on the planet can get away with wearing……..its must be big fun shopping for clothes with her I would imagine…….

Monday, May 17th

Set up the D&B Audio rig for 3G Productions at the Mandalay Bay Beach Pool Stage for Tomorrow’s Corporate Show with MAROON 5……..

Today, Tuesday, May 18th

MAROON 5 at the Mandalay Bay Beach Pool Stage……..They have all their own people……should be alot of standing around until the out I am guessing……..I will take some pictures and post them later…..

Later this week……..

Two Corporate Shows Wednesday and Thursday mixing minor audio for PRG (Production Resource Group) and then back to the Mandalay Bay Beach Pool Stage friday for CYPRESS HILL for their show on Saturday……

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Today a Legend Lost…..The Only True Heavy Metal God…….

Earlier today I learned of the passing of Ronnie Jame Dio……..A legend…….The only true Heavy Metal God……In 1995 I had the honor of being out on Ronnie’s “Strange Highways” Tour mixing their opening band Atomic Opera and doing Monitors for Ronnie’s set after His Monitor Engineer got injured and had to leave the tour (another long story for another time)…..Ronnie was a true performer and a gentleman thru and thru…….I will never forget one night on the tour when we were playing Syracuse, NY and when we arrived at the Venue (a large club date), for some reason our truck with the monitor system and FOH rig and lighting, along with all of the backline, had not shown up earlier in the day due to a breakdown and somehow we never got the word (welcome to touring before cell phones with only pagers)……….we all assumed that the date would just get cancelled for the night…….but Ronnie wanted to play……..after many rushed phone calls we managed to round up some half way proper backline and decided we would use the house sound system……….It was a large Peavey sound system with a Soundcraft 200B 24 channel mixing console at FOH and a Peavey 16X6 Monitor Console…….Angelo Acuri and I just figured that after this night, we would all just be fired as we just knew this was going to be a dismal evening for all involved and we were just waiting for the gig to end as to endure what we expected as the rath of Dio afterwards……..We just Knew that the tour was going to be over for all of us……..but, Ronnie took the stage and took it all in stride and belted out his set, and afterwards he rounded us all up for what we figured was going to be the ass chewing, and Ronnie said, “Great job under the circumstances everyone……..Strange Highways indeed……but tonight was as good as it gets because we rock”………at the time, I am sure we all thought we had dreamed the whole nightmare evening and would wake up soon……..but thats the way it went down and the tour continued……….But that is the kind of guy Ronnie was…..take no prisoners, and rock out hard no matter what……and that is why Ronnie James Dio set the Standard for all metal bands and Metal vocalists that came afterwards…..

We all had known for some time now about Ronnie’s battle with his Stomach Cancer and Tumor, but he never let it slow him down …..for years now he fought the good fight and continued to tour and perform to the very end…..Today the music world lost a legend……but I will always remember how he lived as he performed his art and craft with passion and grace and a love for what he did……….

I am honored to have known him and will never forget the summer we spent on tour and getting to watch this master of metal perform night after night……..RIP Ronnie…….because of guys like you……”WE ROCK” !!

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Sometimes Rock Stars are Everyday Ordinary People too…….

So about an hour ago, I ran up to the grocery store on the corner and as I roamed around the store, low and behold, who do I find on the frozen food isle, but one Chris Fraizer. Chris was shopping for grocerys with his girl Carrie……..It is always refreshing to see that Rock Stars are people too……..Chris and I are buddies from way back when we met on the Pearl Jam “Ten” Tour……..at that time he was playing drums for TRIBE AFTER TRIBE, but Chris has played drums for Steve Vai, Steve Perry, Edgar Winter, and Eddie Money, among others and most recently was the drummer for Whitesnake for the last two years……Mega player, ultra cool guy, and good friend……..Chris……looookk !!…..there is a sale on Red Baron Frozen Pizzas !!…….Below is a video of Chris in Action with Whitesnake…….

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Who will be in the band?…..Jefferson Starship Tomorrow on Fremont Street…..

Just got a call from Dave Tennant from HAS Productions and was asked to do Monitors tomorrow on Fremont Street here in Downtown Vegas for JEFFERSON STARSHIP……..it is my understanding that this is NOT Mickey Thomas’s Starship which has been touring around for years now…….but it is my understanding that this is Paul Kantner’s 2010 40th anniversary Jefferson Starship tour……..so obviously Paul Kantner will be there in the band……..but who else?……I doubt we will see Grace Slick……..But…….maybe Marty Balin?……….Maybe Jack Cassidy?…..who else?…….I guess we will see……..It would be nice if the classic lineup in the video below showed up……but it is not going to happen…….SIGH…….I can dream can’t I……???

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