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16  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Black Sabbath to play Lollapalooza on: August 06, 2012, 06:05:00 am
sorry it took a day to get to this.  we're still going thru the pix and I hope to post a few good ones.  we took a lot and some came out ok.  we only got half videos of sweetleaf and iron man, one stopped for getting doused and having to hide the camera and the next for running out of memory.

after all the back n forth about Bill Ward and how much I hate Lollapalooza, we weighed the positives vs the negatives and just had to go.  the last time we turned down Heaven and Hell playing just a mile south of there months before Dio died was the clincher.  we could not miss this show.  we paid too much for two wristbands from a guy named Chris on Craiglist.  we kinda sweated that they were real until we got in.

we took the train and got down there around 5.  we stopped and sat in front of the Art Institute and watched a young hispanic couple having really obvious public sex in a little garden area next the the front entrance.  we considered videoing it but we didn't want to use up our camera memory.

we got up to the front gate, was searched (we brought in exactly what their website allowed - a non-professional camera, binoculars, a blanket, two 1 liter bottles of water, sunscreen {coulda gotten a lot of other things in too but we didn't bother}) and made our way to the merch booth to get Gnomez his shirts.  we got a couple, too, not too expensive and really nice quality.   we got a couple of pulled pork sammiches w/ fries ($20) and wandered around for a couple hours, met a bunch of friends having the Oh My God You're Here Too! conversation.  we didn't bother drinking - we've been staying sober at concerts recently, mainly because paying $6 for a can of warm bud light is not . . . it's just . . no.  

we moved up to the stage area and layed out our blanket and waited for the show to start while the crowd gathered.  glad/sad to say it was not as packed as it could have been.  the crowd was predominantly younger than we're used to and I think the band was older than they were used to.  the die-hards were there in force.
it made it easier for us to get up to the front rail, right in front of the sign language interpreter.  we now know how to sign, "I CAN'T FUCKING HEAR YOU!"  we know some sign and it was cool learning to sign Sabbath.

their setlist was killer and you've seen that and the youtubes already.  now, the real review.   as much as this was a destination show for us, alright a ten mile destination, this was not the best Sabbath we've seen.  they we're understandably off.  Ozzy's voice was crackling here and there and the timing got thrown off more than a few times, but with swift recovery.  I didn't give a damn.  I was 40 feet from Sabbath!  and damned happy to be there!  a mosh pit broke out right behind us and we became the barrier.  we watched the full sturgeon moon rise over the lake during Tomorrow's Dream while fireworks were going off at the south end of the fest over The Black Keys, who "headlined" the fest.  cough, cough, ehhhrr.

after the show we were shuffled out of the park and we found a place to hang out on Monroe and watched the sea of humanity pour out.  we stood there for an hour before we got back on the train to got home, and it didn't stop.  on Saturday there was a weather emergency, evacuating the park.  being there the day before, I could not imagine getting everyone out and into the parking garages for safety.  the storms were pretty intense and I think what they did was a good idea.

my feet don't hate me as much as they did yesterday.  we are so happy that we made the right decision to go.
17  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Black Sabbath to play Lollapalooza on: August 02, 2012, 06:18:48 pm
18  Forum / General Discussions / Re: R.I.P. John Lord on: July 16, 2012, 10:12:21 pm
wow.  truly sad news.  went over to his website, found he has been battling cancer since last August.  making it to 71 in the rock world is phenomenal.  gotta go find a recording of Child In Time and cry a little.   Cry

one of my favorite memories is seeing Deep Purple at Alpine 2nd Row for the Perfect Strangers tour, standing right in front of Jon Lord.  he had a huge hammond organ on a big pivot hinge and he swung that thing back and forth while he played, we were scared to death it was going to fall right off the stage and land on top of us.
19  Forum / Fun & Games / Re: Word Associaition Thread on: June 27, 2012, 10:30:32 pm
20  Forum / General Discussions / Re: down at the Ozzfest Corner Tap on: June 26, 2012, 07:46:22 pm
well I'm just so honored I don't know what to say
after being on here for 5 years or so, I finally have a clone

Hey Bartender!  got one of those old-timey selzer bottles?
the kind the Three Stooges blast each other with?
21  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Serj Tankian on: June 25, 2012, 03:29:21 am
SOAD is like one of those bands we will never see the likes of again

unless they take a sharp right turn and invent a totally new kind of music
22  Forum / General Discussions / Re: What are you listening to now?! on: June 25, 2012, 03:22:04 am
heard on our Sirius that channel 27 is going to  be the Pink Floyd channel soon.
gotta get an indoor unit for our subscription.  or spend all our time in the car.
23  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Black Sabbath to play Lollapalooza on: June 21, 2012, 08:41:46 pm
* looks up at the sky - doesn't see any tickets falling from the clouds *
24  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Has Wiz retired? on: June 20, 2012, 06:30:04 pm
he's probably busy on the new ozzy.com site.  saw something about that being new and updated so
I went over there and its just about the same except they are running a contest to see who can find the ozzy photos they've selected across the site and you can win stuff from their merch link.

either that or he has been taken over by the golf spammers or gotten a job working from home!

I'm still here.

How can you say the new Ozzy site is the same? The previous site was all SCREAM cd art. The new site shows tons of Ozzy images from his entire career. Each page has images specific to the time period of the album or section you are looking at. You disagree?

to be fair, I went back earlier today to give it another look.  I even logged in and checked out the forum.  maybe it's my computer's settings but I couldn't see who was posting on the threads.  the new stuff must have been under construction a bit when I was there last.  the photos are cool - but the fan photo gallery captions don't give much information on who/when, etc.  and whose raccoon is that?
25  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Jack Osbourne has multiple sclerosis on: June 20, 2012, 06:09:49 pm
it's been all over the place.  today I saw bits of the interview he did on The Talk about it.
26  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Ijust got back !!! on: June 16, 2012, 05:19:11 pm

hope he's okay
haven't heard from him since then
27  Forum / Other Upcoming Events / Re: Van Halen on: June 16, 2012, 05:05:44 pm
okay so it only took a couple months and they supposedly are not fighting

this is from Rolling Stone;


Eddie Van Halen Explains Postponed Van Halen Tour Dates
'We bit off more than we could chew'

By Rolling Stone
June 13, 2012 1:55 PM ET

Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth of Van Halen perform in Anaheim, California.
Paul A. Hebert/FilmMagic
In a recent interview with USA Today, Eddie Van Halen explained why Van Halen postponed all their summer tour dates following their June 26th show in New Orleans. "We bit off more than we could chew. This record [the recently released A Different Kind Of Truth] took a lot out of us," says the guitarist. "And we went on tour earlier than we wanted to so we could play Madison Square Garden [before a renovation], and that threw the schedule out of whack."
Last month singer David Lee Roth expressed similar sentiments in a video, saying, "We bit off way more than we could chew when it came to scheduling. The band is winning, but our schedule has been sidelined for unnecessary roughness."
Van Halen denied any instance of inter-band turmoil, as reported by Rolling Stone last month, when a source with knowledge of the tour said that Van Halen's members "hate each other” and that “the band is arguing like mad. They are fighting." The guitarist also revealed the band will visit Japan in November and has "something special" tentatively planned for next year.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/eddie-van-halen-explains-postponed-van-halen-tour-dates-20120613#ixzz1xzpYq0hr
28  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Roger Waters...The Wall on: June 13, 2012, 11:00:26 am

here's the review of the show last weekend.  I didn't get to go.  friends who went and listened from Yak Zee's beer garden across the street said scalpers were still asking for $500 at intermission.
and the cops were being dicks about making sure no one was "loitering" - if you didn't have a ticket and weren't in a bar or on your way to one, keep moving along.
29  Forum / Random Crap / Re: Whatever happened to.... on: June 11, 2012, 04:08:43 am
back to  the topic . . .


this is for ministrymember99 if he ever checks in . .  my friends the Beer Nuts featuring
Joe Kelly and Louis Szwitek with Herb Rosen and Leanne "Dickless" Murray
from the st pats show at double door this year

30  Forum / General Discussions / Re: Black Sabbath to play Lollapalooza on: June 06, 2012, 09:23:24 pm
I don't know . . . this looks like a lot more fun . . . being held at Wilmot Mountain Ski Resort, August 4th
and there's other upcoming dates listed on their website.  who the bands are is still a mystery for some dates.


Rugged Maniac is a 5K (3.2 mile) obstacle course race that combines the most rugged terrain and burly obstacles to allow those with a sense of adventure to define themselves, then bask in glory at a rocking after party with great bands, good food and plenty of beer!
Each Rugged Maniac features at least twenty obstacles constructed by an experienced crew of licensed contractors. These aren’t the pop-up kiddie obstacles you’ll see at other races. You’ll climb over walls up to 12’ high, crawl through mud under barbed wire, slide down a 50’ water slide, jump over fire and face many other challenges all while running through a combination of forests, fields, motocross tracks and ski slopes!
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