|July 27, 1999
Pictures from Woodstock '99 are up.
July 22, 1999
Woodstock '99 kicks off tomorrow,
so I posted some shots I took at Woodstock
'94. This year I'm taking the Pay Per View option. Here is the
Woodstock Running Order.
More shots have been added throughout the Africa area. All the latest additions are scans
of the 35mm shots Lori took.
July 18, 1999
Saw "American Pie" last night and it is hilarious. In the fine tradition of such
80's romps as "Porky's" and "Last American Virgin", Pie has some
outrageously funny and original moments in its timeless exploration of guys trying to get
laid. I thought the script and acting was surprisingly strong. It is second only to
"South Park" in my list of must sees for the summer.
Speaking of 80's cheese. Thursday July 15th's Hair Ball show featuring LA GUNS, GREAT
WHITE, RATT and POISON was way more fun than it should have been and surpassed all my
hopes for the day. Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER fame was even on hand as a Master Of
Ceremonies - and I got his autograph
(thanks Jenn!). Each band sounded great and put on a tremendously energetic show. They
sets were all greatest hits collections with no band forcing more than one new song on the
very appreciative and drunk crowd. Time has even made my heart grow found for the dreaded
power ballads that MTV used to play every ten minutes. All four bands jammed together on a
cover of "Rock & Roll All Nite" and all four drummers took part in Rikki
Rocket's drum solo. LA GUNS, long one of my favorite bands now has Jizzy from LOVE/HATE
(another of my favorite unappreciated bands) on lead vocals. They tore through a 30 minute
set featuring some of my faves - "Sex Action", "Electric Gypsy",
"Never Enough" and their token ballad hit "The Ballad of Jane." I was
never a big GREAT WHITE fan, but they were impressive live - playing "Rock Me",
"Once Bitten, Twice Shy", and more. I've seen RATT a few times before and they
were excellent, pretty much playing their Greatest Hits album. Finally POISON came out and
I was shocked to still know every word to every song; "Look What The Cat Dragged
In", "I Want Action", "Nothin But A Good Time", "Talk Dirty
To Me", "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" ... - even crap tunes I never liked such
as "Unskinny Bop." CC Deville even made fun of what a total mess he became (see
VH1 Behind The Music for sordid details) and kept asking the crowd if they still liked
him. I lied and said yes. Say what you will about them, but they sure are fun live. After
screaming out every tune for all four bands my voice has yet to recover.
Next weekend is Woodstock '99!!
The TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS show Saturday was fantastic. Petty is one of the
people I've been meaning to see for years but never made it to. I will now being seeing
every future tour. The sound was great, the band seemed to be having a blast and the set
was full of classics. The show started with a rippin' version of "Jammin' Me",
then on to "Runnin' Down a Dream", "Breakdown" (Yeah!), new tune
"Swingers", the classic "Don't Do Me Like That", a slowed down version
of "I Won't Back Down", "Listen To Her Heart" and tons more. Petty
didn't waste much time with chat or solos -- just kept chuggin thru songs. His only break
was during a Heartbreakers jam of surf rock instrumentals showcasing guitarist Mike
Campbell. The 2 hour + set included a new song sung by Campbell, "I Don't Want To
Fight", as well as; "You Got Lucky", "You Don't Know How It
Feels", "Good To Be King", "Free Girl Now", "You Wreck
Me", "American Girl", "Refuge" and a jam filled cover of Van
Morrison's bar band classic "Gloria."
The next must see movie of the summer is The Blair Witch Project. - www.blairwitch.com.
July 8, 1999
Well MÖTLEY CRÜE were awesome once again. Check out my review
of the show and also some online flare
ups between Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee. New
page added to Africa land. Off to TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
July 6, 1999
Well July 1 was my birthday and instead of spending the weekend working
on the site as I had promised the cyber citizens of the world I went
truck shopping and put a deposit down on a brand new 2000 Nissan Xterra.
Also saw the South Park movie and it is the most hilarious film I've
seen in years. This is The MUST SEE of the summer - I won't say anymore
to ruin it, just go see it now! Anyway more shots pop up in the Africa section daily - but I still have a ton
to go. Seeing the SCORPIONS and MÖTLEY CRÜE tonight -- no Tommy Lee
but should still be great show.
June 29, 1999
Well we're back from our safari in Kenya, and it was AWESOME. I was
going to take some time and build a killer site with the hundreds
of pictures we took, but for the past couple days I've been harassed
via phone, email and even on the streets with shouts of "where
are the pictures!", "update your site". So here you
go, unveiled before its time www.afgrant.com/africa.
Many more shots will be added -- so I don't want to hear any bitching!
June 2, 1999
Posted shots of the KISS "Got
Milk" ad and Paul Stanley as the Phantom.
Getting ready for my trip to Kenya - lots of pictures will be up when
I return at end of June.
The winner of this summer's worst concert tour title is "Rock Never Stops",
which has been stopped. I had tickets to see "Rock Never Stops" with TED NUGENT,
QUIET RIOT, and SLAUGHTER on June 29th in Lowell Ma - but its been canceled. At least I
still have MÖTLEY CRÜE/SCORPIONS, TOM PETTY and POISON & RATT to look forward to.
May 10, 1999
We just picked up a new vehicle for Lori - a Suzuki Grand Vitara.
Check it out here.
April 29, 1999
I heard stories this morning that Pamela and Tommy Lee were getting back together. This
afternoon I got word that he has left MÖTLEY CRÜE!! This totally blows!! Here is the press release. May 7
Updated: Randy Castillo will drum for
April 22, 1999
Set list and review of show #1 of Symphonica -
METALLICA and The San Francisco Symphony.
April 20, 1999
Dates for the MOTLEY CRUE & SCORPIONS tour have been
posted. Tonight is first night for Symphonica - METALLICA playing with San Francisco
Symphony, Damn I should be on a plane right now. Check it out at www.metontour.com.
April 12, 1999
Concert Review - This past Friday, April 9th, I had a ticket for Monster Magnet, HOLE & MARILYN MANSON. Unfortunately the only bands who actually played at the Worcester Centrum Centre were NASHVILLE PUSSY & MARILYN MANSON. At first I feared that the best thing about Nashville Pussy was their name - but they have tow hot (at least seemed that way from my seats) chicks on the band, one of them is a 6'4" bassist. The only time the band got a decent response from the crowd was when the two girls started to make out while jamming. Mmmm.... 6'4" Nashville Pussy (Click here for some shots I found).
Manson had one of the best intros I've ever seen. He was crucified on a cross of
televisions which rose up from the stage. A few songs later the cross burst into flames.
This was the second time I've seen Marilyn and I was again impressed by what a good live
performer he is. The band was very tight, Manson's voice was strong and the crowd was full
of great freaks. They did all my favorite tunes - "Reflecting God",
Irresponsible Hate Anthem", "The Beautiful People", "Dope Show"
and much more. A fun satanic night was had by all.
Also finally made it to "The Matrix" - awesome flick, combines "Dark
City" and "The Terminator".
April 8, 1999 - Official Woodstock '99 Lineup Announced
Since Metallica will be there, so will I.
Woodstock '99: July 23-25 Rome, New York.
Officially slated acts include stadium-level performers such as AEROSMITH, METALLICA, DAVE
MATHEWS BAND, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, WILLIE NELSON and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.
Additional multiplatinum headliners include ALANIS MORRISETTE, BUSH, SHERYL CROW, GEORGE
CLINTON, COLLECTIVE SOUL, CREED, DMX, EVERLAST, ICE CUBE, JEWEL, KORN, LIVE, LOS LOBOS,
SUGAR RAY and THE OFFSPRING.
Other acts include heavy-hitters like FOO FIGHTERS, BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA, LIMP
BIZKIT, THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS, FAT BOY SLIM, THE TRAGICALLY HIP, RUSTED ROOT, GUSTER and
others to be named later.
Ticket/transportation packages from 17 major U.S. cities go on sale April 18 through
Ticketmaster, with ordinary tickets for those who want to go back to the garden made
available starting April 25.
April 2, 1999
Woodstock News - METALLICA, MARILYN MANSON, ALANIS MORRISETTE, THE
OFFSPRING, LIVE and the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS are among the acts confirmed for Woodstock '99, a three-day festival kicking off July
23 that marks the thirtieth anniversary of its namesake, 1969's legendary hippie-rock
lovefest. This year's Woodstock will be held at Griffiss Technology Park, an old military
base located in Rome, New York.
Other artists likely in the Woodstock '99 lineup include KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SHERYL
CROW, COUNTING CROWS, AEROSMITH and former MARILYN MANSON tourmate HOLE but these artists
have not been confirmed yet. More artists are expected to be announced shortly.
March 16, 1999
Updated Summer Concert News
TED NUGENT will be hitting the road this summer with
a headlining spot over NIGHT RANGER, QUIET RIOT, and SLAUGHTER
on the Rock Never Stops Tour. L.A. GUNS were confirmed as
being part of the monster 80's hair tour package featuring POISON,
RATT and GREAT WHITE mentioned here previously that will hitting the road on May 31
and lasting six weeks. And finally, The SCORPIONS will be opening for MÖTLEY CRÜE this
summer as the MÖTLEY CRÜE's greatest hits tour continues.
D'oh - MTV reports that HOLE has dropped out their tour with MARILYN
MANSON. I was supposed to see them next month!!
POISON will be the subject of a VH1 Behind The Music
documentary, set to premiere in June.
March 13, 1999
Well I haven't done much with this site lately. In an effort to change this sad fact I'm
going to start posting more of my personal news/rants, with this being the first. Most of
my recent web attention has been on my Angry
Johnny site - go check it out, I'll wait for you. There is a lot of new art and
the Angry Mall is open for your mail order business. Saw Angry Johnny and The Killbillies
last night in Worcester Ma. It was an awesome show and I discovered a great new band The Drive-By Truckers. For more of a write up
visit Angry Land.
Tonight -- its Holyfield vs. Lewis for The Undisputed Heavyweight Championship of The
World. (update: The Fight Sucked)
In upcoming event news
I'll be going to see HOLE & MARILYN MANSON on April 9th in Worcester Ma. I've
also been planning my upcoming June vacation to Africa - and yes I know about the tourists
who were recently killed there. That just makes it all more exciting to me. Tons of photos
and an online diary will be posted after the trip. Also just around the corner will be an
update on the adventures of my German Summer Metal Intern.
Its gonna be a rockin' summer
The 1999 OZZFEST lineup has been announced and will include the farewell tour from BLACK
SABBATH as the group plans to disband permanently after OZZFEST to focus on solo projects.
The tour will include ROB ZOMBIE, SLAYER, and the DEFTONES as well as PRIMUS, GODSMACK
and SYSTEM OF A DOWN. Second stage acts will include JUDAS PRIEST, NASHVILLE PUSSY, PUYA,
PUSHMONKEY and the unsigned bands FLASHPOINT and APARTMENT 26.
According to Hardradio.com in late May, POISON,
RATT, CINDERELLA and GREAT WHITE (or DOKKEN) hit the
road for a sixty-date, cross-country tour. Plus a TWISTED SISTER reunion and tour is in
the works. I must have died and gone to 80's heaven. -- later AF
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