| December 21, 2000
Happy Holidays to all of you out in cyberland. Be sure to check out VH1's Fan Club shows - this Friday Dec, 22 KISS debuts at 10pm ET. In the upcoming weeks there will be episodes featuring RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, AC/DC & MÖTLEY CRÜE. Get more details at VH1 FanClub.
November 27, 2000
Be sure to click on over to VH1 to place your votes for My VH1 Music Awards. The show is Thursday November 30 at 9pm ET. You can vote right up until each award is given out. Be sure to tune in to see Metallica play live.
"Unbreakable" is the must see flick of the holiday season. It is just awesome. The less you know about it before seeing it, the better.
October 31, 2000
This Halloween featured Lori's first Haunted Gingerbread House and a pretty cool pumpkin. Check it out.
October 17, 2000
I think all the shots from Kathmandu are up that I'm going to bother with. Enjoy!
October 12, 2000
We've made it back from our two weeks in Nepal. We went white water rafting, did the Royal Trek, saw Mount Everest, went on elephant back safaris and ran all around Kathmandu. We shot over 500 digital shots and 13 rolls of film. First up for your viewing pleasure, the continuing adventures of the world's favorite rubber reptile - Larry The Lizard. Many more pictures to come. This was our itinerary. In Kathmandu we also learned to secret to immortality.
September 19, 2000
I saw KISS for the last time ever last night in Providence RI. It was another phenomenal show. You can catch KISS on Pay Per View. Click here for details and some preview clips.
August 29, 2000
A mother and daughter from Boston were injured at Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica recently when they were caught by a minor eruption. Their guide died. Click for photo. Couple days later a small plane crashed into the volcano. We were there in February but it was pretty quiet.
You have another chance to see the best show that nobody watched. Freaks & Geeks begins tonight on Fox's Family Channel. They will show two episodes each Tuesday beginning at 8pm Eastern.
I posted the itinerary for our trip to Kathmandu, Nepal. We leave for it on Sept 24.
August 11, 2000
Wednesday night I saw MOTLEY CRUE and MEGADETH and this should have wrapped up my Summer Concert season but I'm saying farewell to KISS one more time. I've got 15th row for them on September 18 in Providence RI. Read about the CRUE show.
July 31, 2000
Yesterday was OzzFest's annual stop in Mansfield Mass and it is still one of my favorite highlights of the summer. I went into the show and just caught the last song from Tommy Lee's METHODS OF MAYHEM thing. I had hoped to discover why the Hell he left the CRUE to form that, but I got no answer from what I saw - except if he is really getting off on painting his face red. I did see the full sets of STATIC-X, GODSMACK, PANTERA and OZZY. STATIC-X played the same set as back when I first saw them in May at the WBCN River Rave but what a difference a few months made. In May only a few people in each section seemed to care, last night the whole audience was up on its feet goin' sick. GODSMACK had the crowd whipped into to a hometown frenzy and played one new tune - "Sick of Life" of the next album which will come out on Halloween. "Bad Religion", "Voodoo", and "Keep Away" were especially good. Next up was PANTERA, whom I've never been a big fan of,
but I was definitely in the minority in that respect. The place went nuts for every song, and despite my fears they did not suck. Finally, the Godfather of Metal himself - OZZY. The opened with the traditional OzzTV in which OZZY is placed into top movies and music videos of the day. This year he was the star of "Gladiator", "Spy Who Shagged Me", "Who Want's To Be A Millionaire", "Sixth Sense"- in which little Ozzy's secret was that he couldn't stop jacking off, as well as videos by 'N Sync and Britney Spears and the Bud "Wassup" ads. Ozzy's set was the fairly standard collection of his hits ("I Don't Know", "Mr. Crowley", "No More Tears", "Mama I'm Comin Home", "Suicide Solution" and "Crazy Train") with a couple BLACK SABBATH tunes ("War Pigs", "Paranoid") thrown in. OZZY even gave us all "permission to go extra fuckin' crazy", which was nice. Click here for Boston
July 24, 2000
Well we made it back from "Rockfest" and it was a GREAT show. We got to the Chicago Speedway in time to see THIRD EYE BLIND, BARENAKED LADIES, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, KID ROCK, and of course - the whole reason for going - METALLICA. As of 6:30pm 97,000 people had entered the grounds. This show featured the best sound I've ever heard at any outdoor show, quite possibly the best sound of any show I've seen. We were about 50 feet from the stage through KID ROCK when the mosh pits were really kicking in and since Lori couldn't even see the Jumbo Tron above the stage, we retreated to the grandstand for METALLICA. They played a short (the shortest I've seen since they were an opening act) but very sweet 90 minute set, performed a duet of "Turn The Page" with KID ROCK and ended the show with a sick 20 minute fireworks barrage. A more complete wrap up will be posted shortly. For full set and pictures visit www.MetOnTour.com.
July 19, 2000
Friday I fly to Chicago for Hard Rock Cafe's "Rockfest". Why? Because the mighty METALLICA are headlining and this is the last live performance until their next album - sometime in 2001. More Metallica news.
July 17, 2000
Last night I saw the FOO FIGHTERS and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. They were both really great but the highlight of the show was the drunken couple having sex two rows in front of me - with a 7 year old boy in the seat next to them. When his mom came back from getting beers, she went to get security and the couple was escorted away. About 20 minutes later they were brought back to their seats. The Tweeter Center must have some officially sanctioned room for sex that they were brought to.
Anyway, back to the music. The FOO FIGHTERS played all their hits (except "Hero"), even the Pink Floyd cover "Have A Cigar." All their tunes were much harder and faster live and the crowd was really into them. Dave Grohl even came off the stage and went about 5 rows deep with guitar and mic to sing one song.
The CHILI PEPPERS put on their usual high energy fast paced show. All except Chad the drummer are now sporting mohawks. They played a lot of off "Californication" as well as past hits "Give It Away", "Soul To Squeeze" and "Under The Bridge." During the last song of the main set a bunch of styrofoam balls and what looked like garbage (some green floppy crap) was constantly dumped from the rafters right onto Chad and his drum kit. David Grohl showed up laughing in Chad's face and as soon as the song ended Chad went running after him backstage. It took awhile for the roadies to clean up the stage for the band to come back for encores. They ended the night with Hendrix's "Fire."
Saw "X-Men" Saturday and LOVED it.
July 11, 2000
Lars Ulrich of METALLICA testified before a US Senate Committee regarding Napster. Read his statement.
July 10, 2000
Saturday I attended the "Hair Ball" - featuring SLAUGHTER, DOKKEN, CINDERELLA and POISON. All the bands looked and sounded surprisingly good. The big surprise for me was CINDERELLA. The majority of their 50 minute or so set was from their first two albums and they had many more hits than I remembered. Set included "Shake Me", "Nobody's Fool", "Push, Push", "Gypsy Road", "Shelter", and "Don't Know What You Got, Till Its Gone." POISON is supporting a new album "Power To The People" - it is a mix of live and new studio songs. CC got to sing his first Poison song "I Hate Every Bone In Your Body, But Mine". Bret Michaels had one good temper tantrum when his guitar was out of tune for "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". He started the song, stopped, yelled went of stage while CC tried to entertain the crowd saying "How bout a big hand for Bret Michaels otherwise the mood he's in he'll come out
and fire me". Bret came back apologized and played the song. At end of night he apologized again and said next time the play longer and much better.
Big news with METALLICA, James Hetfield hurt himself in a Jet Ski accident and missed the July 7, 8 and 9th dates of The Summer Sanitarium Tour. The show did go on the with Metallica (without James) joined by an all star mix of SYSTEM OF DOWN, KID ROCK and KORN doing the METALLICA set. Check out www.MetOnTour.com for some pictures and the complete set lists. The official Metallica site also has a cool article on this - www.Metallica.com/news/2000/000709.html
July 4, 2000
Well, the opening date of the Summer Sanitarium Tour on Friday June 30th was as awesome as expected. SYSTEM OF A DOWN played for about a half hour and though the volume seemed low and they were playing only to a half filled stadium they kicked ass. POWER MAN 5000 was next and really got the crowed whipped up into a frenzy. Next came KID ROCK - who I think is one of the most over rated things in music today - but he puts on a helluva live show. A loud, energetic affair complete with pyro and strippers. KORN suffered through some audio problems, the lead vocals kept dropping out. But they persisted for a great set that had the whole stadium bouncing. Then it was time for the mighty METALLICA to show everyone why they rule the world. A very cool stage with four large video screens that often showed four different views of the action. The set list was full of classics - "Creeping Death", "For Whom The Bell Tolls", "Seek & Destroy", "Fade to Black",
a cool combo of "Master of Puppets" and "Sanitarium", "Battery" plus some newer stuff that I got to hear live for the first time, "Turn The Page" and "I Disappear". They played for about 2 hours and 20 minutes and had a slammin' punk encore of "Last Caress", "So What" and "Die Die Die My Darling". Check out www.MetOnTour.com for some pictures and the complete set list.
Saw "Perfect Storm" and "Shaft" this weekend and both are highly recommended.
June 25, 2000
Yesterday me and the little woman went skydiving for the first time. It was simply amazing -- better than I ever hoped. It was a tandem jump, with an instructor attached to your back under a parachute built for two. We jumped at 13,500 feet got a full minute of free fall, which I did not expect. We pulled the rip cords and I even got to pilot the chute for awhile. The dive lasted longer than I expected and was an incredibly gentle ride - until we landed hard on my ass in a pile of gravel. Pictures are posted and video is coming soon. I will be returning for Accelerated Free Fall training next month. Learn more at www.skyjump.com
Our next vacation is set. We are headed to Kathmandu, Nepal for a trekking, rafting and safari adventure for two weeks in September.
June 14, 2000
WOW, KISS's Farewell Tour stops in Mansfield were AWESOME! I thought the Reunion Tour in 1996 was great, but was quite bored on the Psycho Circus Tour last year. It just seemed flat, predictable and lame. So I was prepared for a disappointment and considered selling me tickets for the 2nd night. Monday night I had 7th row center stage seats - the closest I've ever been to the original four of KISS. Everybody looked and sounded great. Ace is definitely trimmer than the last tour, as is Gene (or I'm just finally used to seeing the fat bloated demon in his 50's). I stayed away from reports about the set list so it all seemed fairly fresh to me - all the staples were done, "Detroit Rock City", "Deuce", "Shout It Out Loud", "Cold Gin", "Black Diamond", "Shock Me", "God of Thunder", "Beth" and the obligatory closer "Rock n Roll All Nite" (complete with blinding non-stop confetti storm) as well as 80's
hits not done by the original members - "I Love It Loud", "Heavens On Fire" and "Lick It Up". There was even some comedy as Paul couldn't decide to refer to the crowd as Boston, Mansfield or something else. Ace give it his best with "Hey Boston, wherever you are!" The whole band was more energetic than I've seen in quite some time and really seemed to be having fun. The farewells and thank yous felt very genuine - a montage of old clips played on the video screens during "Do You Love Me" got me all choked up.
Night two was just as much fun. My seats were further back this time and gave me a whole different view of the show. More lighting effects and fireworks than I noticed being up so close on Monday night. The only bummer was that the set list didn't change at all. I did notice Ace try to sing one extra chorus for "Shock Me" and he wasn't on stage when Paul introduced him to sing "2,000 Man". He finally wondered out and said "We call him Mr. Wonderful" pointing to Paul - I guess Paul said something off mike to him about not being onstage. Gene flew up into the rafters on this night - he did not on Monday. I assumed the roof of the Tweeter Center was to low, but maybe with the extra day in town they configured it to work for Tuesday. Paul did fly out into the crowd for "Love Gun" both nights. I hope this really is their farewell, so I will always remember them as being this good.
June 6, 2000
First of all be sure to visit my personal music store AF's Metal Shoppe! (Sept 1, 2000 - the company behind my store has gone out of business, D'oh)
Don't miss METALLICA on the MTV Movie Awards - show debuts Thursday June 7 at 9pm. New tune from MÖTLEY CRÜE is available for download at RollingStone.com. Saw Eddie Money, REO Speedwagon and STYX last week. It was a long night of "Wow, I forgot about that song" quickly followed by "Wow, I forgot how much I hated that song!" Actually they all sounded really good. Next week features two KISS shows. Also just booked my first parachute jump - that will happen June 24.
May 29, 2000
What a weekend - two movies, six bands and one near riot.
"Dinosaur" looks more realistic than "Jurassic Park" did. I thought the Disney voices added to the dinosaurs would ruin this movie but it didn't bother me. I just thank good they didn't sing! "Mission Impossible 2" was a blast and much better than the first one. Just a couple clichés too many for me to proclaim great, but it is tons o'fun and worth seeing.
Saturday was the WBCN River Rave at Foxboro Stadium, featuring 17 bands on two stages. I caught Static-X, Powerman 5000, Filter, Everclear, Godsmack, Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Stone Temple Pilots. I was rather disappointed that the final act was Cypress Hill, but since that gave me and thousands of others the chance to leave early and beat the traffic, I have to give a shout out to them.
Static-X, Godsmack and STP were the standouts for me. During Godsmack's set hundreds of people tried to hop the barricades and get to the stadium floor. One idiot cop started pepper spraying people and the whole scene came as close to line of total riot as possible. Barricades, trash and fists were all flying. The cops and security retreated and anyone who wanted to go on the floor did. Everything ended up calming down nicely and I got to see the most people crowd surfing at one time as I could ever imagine.
Here is a collection of press coverage on the show and mayhem.
May 9, 2000
My summer concert schedule has been updated, 11 shows and still growing. Saw "Frequency" this weekend - very good flick, not overly sentimental or sappy as I feared. "The feel good movie of the summer."
The NINE INCH NAILS show Tuesday May 2 was fantastic. Everything sounded and looked amazing - the entire floor of the Centrum was one big pit. Totally post-apocalyptic.
April 16, 2000
Just saw "American Psycho" - a surprisingly hilarious, shocking and bizarre flick featuring a witty script and a spell binding performance by Christian Bale. Includes some great commentary on 80's pop. This one is guaranteed to have you debating it on the way out of the theater. Two thumbs up.
The SEVENDUST & CREED show Saturday April 15 was great. Both bands put on extremely energetic and powerful performances.
April 9, 2000
Check out my upcoming concert calendar and join me at a show this summer.
March 24, 2000
This will be "The Summer of George!" This summer's concerts will include OZZFEST, MÖTLEY CRÜE & MEGADETH, NINE INCH NAILS, CREED & SEVENDUST, JIMMY PAGE& BLACK CROWES, KISS with SKID ROW & TED NUGENT and the all mighty METALLICA. The new tune "I Disappear" form Mission Impossible II soundtrack has hit radio and it rocks (of course).
But the bad news of the week is that the knobs at NBC have canceled their only show worth watching "Freaks & Geeks." Producers are trying to found another outlet for the show, six episodes are made that haven't aired.
March 10, 2000
Best movies ignored by the Oscars - "Three Kings" and "Fight Club". Best TV Show nobody but me watches, "Freaks & Geeks."
KISS Farewell Tour starts tomorrow - check out www.vh1.com, www.knac.com and www.kissonline.com for coverage. Met On Tour has started an email list to keep you up to date with most current news from Metallica.
February 24, 2000
Made it back from an awesome Costa Rican adventure. Three days of white water rafting, hiking and waterfalls and two days at The Tabacon Resort at the base of Arenal Volcano. All of my digital shots are online in a chaotic mess. More order will come over the weekend. Be sure to check out Larry The Lizards Adventures too.
February 15, 2000
Just as I'm preparing to leave the country for my vacation in Costa Rica, KISS goes and announces their "Farewell Tour" and tickets go on sale while I'm away. Those Bastards!! I'm sure somebody called KISS will continue to tour but this will be the last time you can see Peter, Paul, Ace and Gene together live and in action. Read the press release or visit the official KISS site http://www.kissonline.com or http://www.vh1.com for more details.
February 7, 2000
Haven't been messing with the site much this year - started a new job at ArrowPoint Communications. Saw "Boys Don't Cry" this weekend. It is the true story of a girl, living as a guy until people find out then her friends rape and kill her. Hillary Swank should be sweeping all the best actress awards. Summer tour planning has started and includes MÖTLEY CRÜE and MEGADETH are headed out together as well as SKID ROW, TED NUGENT & KISS (hopefully for the true farewell tour). Heading off for a white water rafting trip in Costa Rica next Wednesday - Yeeeha!
January 13, 2000
Well Y2K was a big load of shit but they Angry Johnny Y2Killbillie show was great. You can see pics at www.GetAngry.com. Saw "Magnolia" last weekend, I really loved a lot of it and need to see it many more times to decide if I loved it all. Not a movie that I think will go over well with the mass audience.
Posted some recent virtual post cards from Larry The Lizard - he is in wintering in his home land of Australia this year, but he will be joining me for a trip to Costa Rica next month.