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December 31, 2003
Well, another year that I was surprised to see has come to an end. Looking back 2003 was a very good year, though it sure didn't always seem it at times. It was February of 2003 that we decided to make an offer on our "dream house" but since the realtor and owners were such absolute assholes I just finally unpacked everything this week and feel like its our house.

2003 saw METALLICA becoming full strength again and I got to see them at the intimate Fillmore in San Francisco (a few of the best hours of my life!) and at the gargantuan Gillette Stadium on the Summer Sanatorium Tour. Also saw WHITESNAKE, THE SCORPIONS, QUIET RIOT, and ANGRY JOHNNY & THE KILLBILLIES. Caught some great movies - "American Splendor", "Identity", "Elf", "Master & Commander", "LOTR: Return of The King" and of course the epic "The First Easter Bunny". Bunny was my second short and enjoyed a nice film festival run. And of course there was the addition of Homer (the worlds' best puppy) to our family.

On the down side there was KISS touring with someone pretending to be Ace Frehley. Certainly their lamest move yet. The horrible fire in West Warwick RI, my first Harley wipe out, The Red Sox blowing it in the playoffs - again :(  and dealing with the afore mentioned loser realtor and prick Victory supermarket owner.

The most exciting part of 2003 is continuing into 2004 - the mighty New England Patriots - undefeated at home and headed into the playoffs with everyone healthy for the first time all year.

December 08, 2003
Patriots Win! If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be inside one of those toy snow globes - you know the plastic domes with a scene inside that you shake up - all you needed to do was attend yesterdays' Patriots - Dolphins game. There was 30" of snow at Gillette Stadium and when Tedy Bruschi intercepted a pass and scored - they place went nuts with all the fans throwing snow up into the air in time to the celebratory music. It was a total blast. And the Patriots won the AFC East and have the best record at 11 and 2 in their history. I feel sorry for the 20,000 who didn't get the game. It took triple the normal amount of time to get to our seats, but it was all worth it. So is it too early to start planning a trip to a certain city in Texas?

October 4, 2003
Homey AF & Homer Went to see "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" today, but I kept falling asleep because our new puppy kept me up all night. We picked up a 10 week old puppy on Friday from the Sterling Animal Shelter. His name is Homer and he is a lab/hound mix.

September 30, 2003
We've returned from a very successful screening of The First Easter Bunny at The Lake Arrowhead Film Festival. You can read my full report. We also saw "American Splendor", which was awesome and "Cold Creek Manor," which was not.

September 23, 2003
We are headed out to Lake Arrowhead California. The First Easter Bunny is being screened at The Lake Arrowhead Film Festival. If you are in the Southern CA area this weekend swing on by - The Bunny is being shown Saturday September 27, 2003 in the 7:15pm block of shorts.

August 29, 2003
Had to sit through a lot of crap waiting for METALLICA on MTV's Video Music Awards last night. They were asked to do a medley paying tribute to 20 years of the VMAs - it was a very short but cool instrumental, including snippets of Lenny Kravitz' "Are you Gonna Go My Way," Nirvana's '"Smells Like Teen Spirit," (this sounded amazing) The White Stripes' "7 Nation Army," Michael Jackson's "Beat It" (would have bet my soul I'd never hear Metallica cover MJ!) and concluded with just a bit of "Enter Sandman." Check it out.(mp3 1.79MB)

August 25, 2003
Yahoo! "The First Easter Bunny" has been accepted to the Lake Arrowhead Film Festival. Lori & I are going to fly out to attend this since it may very well be the last time we can see Bunny with an audience.

KISS is in town this week as part of their tour with Aerosmith. This will be the first time they are playing in Massachusetts and I won't be attending. Because this is fake KISS with Tommy Thayer dressed up as Ace Frehley and they are only playing a 75 minute set.

August 10, 2003
Caught Angry Johnny & The Killbillies last night at Ralph's in Worcester Ma. King Missile was the opening band - they had a pseudo hit a few years ago with "Detachable Penis." Always found that tune to be lame and annoying - and it was not a very big surprise to see that it was their best song - actually they don't really do "songs". They were much more a bad poet backed up by bass and drums.

The Killbillies however put on another high energy show. This was a very unique show too - though it wasn't planned that way. As Angry stated "There was some beer drinkin' going on this afternoon... and we forgot our cymbals." Drummer Sal Vega was introduced as being on the kitchen utensils - which was accurate. His drum kit was surrounded by an empty keg, as well as a pot lid and ice scoop taped to stands offering a unique acoustic experience.

July 20, 2003
Kevin Dubrow in Leominster Saw Quiet Riot last night at Club Liquid in Leominster Ma. Surprisingly fun show featuring all the original members Rudy Sarzo - a bass god whom I've seen with Ozzy and Whitesnake through his career, Kevin Dubrow on vocals, Carlos Cavazo on guitar and Frankie Banali who was just an absolute force on the drums. Way better live than I ever noticed him on the albums. The club holds 600 people but it didn't look at all close to being packed. Without trying hard at all I was 2 people away from the stage and Del - who doesn't attempt to get close to anything - was just 5 rows away from the band who at one point had the number 1 album in the country. The set was a nice mix of hits and misses. Every other song was from the first two albums -- Metal Health and Condition Critical, the only ones I ever owned. Even their songs I had never heard before were enjoyable enough live. Being so close to the band, hurling my fists in the air, and screaming along to "Come On Feel The Noize", and "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)" was such a thrill I should be embarrassed. I think I'll just wait for bands to plummet to obscurity and see them with a couple hundred people instead of going to arena shows from now on.

There were many survivors from The Station/Great White fire in the crowd. I actually recognized a few from the news coverage. They were doing a fund raiser for victims. It was nice and at the same time kinda creepy to see them.

July 10, 2003
Just survived my first Harley crash.

Was thinking about too many things except riding and came to a curve too fast on a back road on my way to work. Lost control and went off road (which was a good thing) and went down in soft dirt. One woman stopped to ask if I was alright and if I needed her to call anyone.  Being a man I said I was fine and didn't need anything. After she left I thought - "Shit! Now what do I do?" After a couple failed attempts I was able to get the bike back up. But I couldn't get it to start again so I thought I was totally screwed. After 10 minutes of trying I finally gave up and was getting ready to hitch to work or something. Went back for a final try and it started up fine -- guess it was just flooded. It road fine the rest of the way to work, just needs a cleaning big time. I ended up covered in dirt and got a small burn on my finger.

During the ride I was thinking how I just don't ride that much and maybe the bike was a failed experiment. So was crashing the bike's way of telling me yes or no?

July 8, 2003
Wow - even two days after seeing METALLICA my neck is still aching from hours of head banging. They were solid and amazing as expected - but just as in the Fillmore shows back in May they seem so refreshed and thrilled to be playing. The set was very aggressive and full of classics with only two songs of their newest release St. Anger. Summer Sanitarium consists of METALLICA as well as Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Deftones and Mudvayne. While we were there all day in the 90 degree heat we didn't really pay much attention to Mudvayne or Deftones. Linkin Park was good and Limp was certainly entertaining but I still think they are incredibly over rated.  Throughout the day all the bands praised Metallica and Limp did a cover of "Sanitarium".   Nicest surprise was how loud and clear the sound was, which is often an issue at open stadium shows. Lars said he would see us again in March... which is soooo far away.. sniff, sniff. -- Check out a review from Boston Globe.

7-6-03 Setlist:
Battery
Master of Puppets
Harvester of Sorrow
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Frantic
Sad But True
St. Anger
No Remorse
Seek and Destroy
Blackened
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Fuel
Nothing Else Matters
Creeping Death
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One
Enter Sandman

James at Gillette

Final Bow

 

 

Summer Sanitarium 7-6-03

Lars & Kirk

 

 

 

photos courtesy Metallica Club

 

July 4, 2003
Last night we very hesitantly headed up to Marblehead Massachusetts for the Marblehead Film Festival.  They had actually contacted me after reading about The First Easter Bunny in the Boston Globe. Just to be nice I sent them a tape with Bunny & We've Got Johnny. They ended up deciding to screen Johnny. Read the full report of a very successful screening.

Sunday we are of to see METALLICA for The Summer Sanitarium Tour!!!

June 9, 2003
Spent the weekend locked up with St. Anger. This CD is just awesome - and the DVD is even better. I wish every Metallica CD had come with such a matching DVD of the entire disc performed live. Watching it just gives me flashbacks to the Fillmore. I loved "Frantic" from the first moment I heard it live and it just gets better. Think this is one of my all time favorite songs. "St. Anger" is the first radio single and is the only song that took a few listens to win me over - but win me over it has. I think "Dirty Window" is a total blast - love the hillbilly yells from James. "Invisible Kid" is a great song and the lyrics really gave me chills when I first paid attention to them. "Shoot Me Again" is fantastic - reminds me of Angry Johnny & Killbillies. "The Unnamed Feeling" is becoming my personal favorite (this week anyway), this tune is just so heavy and epic. The whole disc is full of so much emotion - it blows me away with every listen. And you've got to just LOVE "All Within My Hands" with its ending chant of "Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill" - no better way to end an disc.

June 5, 2003
Happy St. Anger's Day!!. The new METALLICA disc "St. Anger" was rushed to release today (many stores were actually selling it yesterday afternoon) instead of the planned June 10th date. In my humble opinion - it is simply PHENOMANAL.

In other news we successfully survived the world's sleaziest realtor and a lying ass of an owner and are in our new house. This week we've spotted wild turkeys in the neighborhood, three wild bunnies in our yard every day and last weekend we even had a deer in the back yard. More details on the house and the many trials of buying it will be posted later.

May 22, 2003 12:05 AM
HOLY SHIT. HOLY GOD DAMN SHIT.

I'm soaked in sweat. Some is my own, much of it is not. I smell like ass and I ache from head to toe. But I've never felt better. Just in the car after leaving The Fillmore after witnessing the best God damn concert in my life. Full Report.

May 21, 2003
Today is METALLICA Day! All the stars are lining up for a once-in-a-lifetime show. Opened my hotel room door this morning and smiling up from the front page - METALLICA! Hop in my car to go to work for what will seem like one of the longest days ever - "Sad But True" is on the radio. Just a matter of hours now... and Matt - the guy from work I'm taking to the show - is getting nervous reading about people offering up to $800 for one of the free tickets.

May 20, 2003
One more day until my METALLICA show at the Fillmore. That will be night 3 of a free 4 night stand by the mighty Met. They haven't played anything from Load or Re-Load yet - nothing but classic metal - much of which has been played in many many years. You can read the set lists and more at www.metallica.com . Check out review from San Francisco Chronicle.

May 18, 2003
I've abandoned Lori to pack up our life on her own and am out in California for the METALLICA Fillmore show Wednesday! Flew out early to do some work in San Jose so my flight to see THE MIGHTY METALLICA would be picked up by the Company. Check out www.metallica.com for a couple teases off of "St. Anger". Two very cool sounding songs are there - "Frantic" and "St. Anger". This disc is going to be amazing! The Fillmore show is going to be totally fkin sick!!

Had a cool flight to Chicago - was surrounded by November's Doom, who were returning home from an appearance at the Hardcore Festival in Worcester Mass. They were envious of my final destination and I had a good chat on all things Heavy Metal with Larry for the whole flight. We were into a lot of the same bands - except he is actually friends with many such as - SOIL, SALIVA & DISTURBED.

Saw "Matrix Reloaded" yesterday and despite a couple slow scenes in beginning that had me concerned this could be a big flop -- it does live up to the hype and is quite an amazing film. The stunts and effects break new ground and there is a lot more backstory and twists regarding The Matrix itself. Be sure to stay through all the credits for scenes of "Matrix Revolutions" - the final chapter in the trilogy.

May 14, 2003
We closed on our new house last Friday, but couldn't take possession of it until this Tuesday. Here are some of the first photos.

Even cooler than the new house -- ONE WEEK TO METALLICA!!! And "The First Easter Bunny" is being screened over Memorial Day Weekend in Harrisburg PA.

April 30, 2003
OH MY GOD!! I won tickets to see METALLICA at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco. I'm going to the third show - Wednesday May 21, 2003.

April 28, 2003
Metallica will be doing four club shows for free -- how cool is that! They are playing four nights at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco next month before Summer Sanatarium kicks off. I've entered for chances to win via the Metallica Club. I would fly across the country in a heartbeat for such a show.

Saw "Identity" this weekend - a very cool film noir with lots of fun twists. Went to "House of 1,000 Corpses" last weekend in an effort to support the indie filmmaking of Rob Zombie, but I can see why every studio that was associated with this film refused to release it -- quite disappointing.

April 14, 2003
"The First Easter Bunny" got a plug in the Easter Sunday edition of The Boston Globe - check it out.

April 14, 2003
"The First Easter Bunny" had a very successful screening at the F4 Film Festival and won the Audience Award! More info.

March 10, 2003
Last night I saw WHITESNAKE & THE SCORPIONS at The Orpheum Theater in Boston. DOKKEN was part of the tour but didn't play last night - supposedly it was the small size of the stage not supporting three bands. Anyway, David Coverdale kicked ass - he looked and sounded great and had a top-notch band of metal veterans who pounded out some thunderous volume. The whole place was jumping for an hour of classic WHITESNAKE and everybody was left wanting more. Set included "Slide It In", "Slow an' Easy", "Love Ain't No Stranger", "Bad Boys", "Crying In The Rain", "Here I Go Again", "Is This Love", and "Still Of The Night." Then came THE SCORPIONS, who I've never been a big fan of - but they did put on a fun show, played all their hits and included every standard metal cliche. Tunes included "Bad Boys Running Wild", "No One Like You", "Blackout", "Big City Nights", "The Zoo", "Tease Me, Please Me", "Wind of Change", "Still Loving You", and "Rock You Like A Hurricane".

Other big news - The First Easter Bunny has been accepted into its first film festival. The Bunny will be screened Saturday April 12 at the F4 Film Festival in Fitchburg Ma.

And we are selling our house - here is your chance to own the AF Grant ancestral homeland!

February 28, 2003
Since it is already tomorrow in Australia, tonight's KISS Symphony show is over. Check out this review from The Herald Sun.
Stories continue to circulate regarding a KISS & AEROSMITH U.S. Tour this summer.

If you are in need of tickets for METALLICA'S SUMMER SANATARIUM TOUR this summer. You can get some here.

February 24, 2003
METALLICA is complete - finally!. Rob Trujillo has joined on bass. Read the details straight from the band. I am psyched about this, out of all the people I heard auditioned Rob is easily my favorite. I've been a fan of his for years with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, INFECTIOUS GROOVES and most recently seeing him with OZZY each year at OzzFest. And I've already got my tix for July 6th at Gillette Stadium. SWEET!!!

Many thoughts and prayers go out to the family members and victims of the tragic fire at the Great White show at The Station in Warwick RI.
Couldn't stop watching the non-stop horrifying news coverage all weekend.

February 18, 2003
We were down in Naples Florida for a few days and missed the huge Presidents Day Blizzard - but now we are home with two more feet of snow. :(

February 24, 2003
METALLICA is complete - finally!. Rob Trujillo has joined on bass. Read the details straight from the band. I am psyched about this, out of all the people I heard auditioned Rob is easily my favorite. I've been a fan of his for years with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, INFECTIOUS GROOVES and most recently seeing him with OZZY each year at OzzFest.

February 06, 2003
Big METALLICA news day. Summer Sanitarium II has been announced and will hit the US starting in July. Show will feature METALLICA, LIMP BIZKIT, LINKIN PARK and MUDVAYNE. Also revealed - "St. Anger" is the title of the new album. It is due out June 10th. Read the details here. Also see story from Variety.

Also got my tickets for WHITESNAKE, THE SCORPIONS & DOKKEN on March 9 at the Orpheum Theater in Boston. Hope you've been watching The Surreal Life on the WB - Vince Neil is stealing the show. And "The First Easter Bunny" is finally completed!

January 20, 2003
Metalli-Raiders METALLICA did a surprise parking lot show at the AFC Championship game between the Raiders and Titans Sunday in Oakland, CA. They did a six-song set on a flatbed truck with producer Bob Rock on bass.

January 16, 2003
A bit of music news - a new old metal tour is about to begin. WHITESNAKE, THE SCORPIONS & DOKKEN start a North American tour at the end of the month in Florida. Will definitely hit that show if it comes to Massachusetts.

KISS and METALLICA both have tracks on the upcoming RAMONE'S Tribute CD - We're A Happy Family. The KISS contribution "Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio?" has hit radio as the first single. METALLICA covered "53rd & 3rd". The disc goes on sale February 11th.

James Hetfield also contributed "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got out of Hand" to the Way Jennings tribute disc which is also due for release in February. James played ever instrument on the track.

January 6, 2003
Shooting on The First Easter Bunny ended this weekend. Now it is serious editing time for the rest of the month, then the final short will be off on the film festival circuit.

Check out "The Surreal Life" on the WB starting Jan 9 - it is a reality show with pseudo-celebrities living together. It will include MÖTLEY CRÜES's Vince Neil!

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