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Posted by on Nov 21, 2022 in Blog, Music and Concert Reviews | 0 comments

Symphony of Sound



Yeah, I know technology is way better now. But touching tiny buttons on a smartphone or laptop will never, never, never quite match the pure joy and raw ecstasy of that glorious day back in 1982 when I went out and bought my first stereo cabinet.

Anyone else with me on this magical mystery memory stereo tour?

For months prior, I tried out every stereo system in the mall, comparing the sound of the Sony to the Magnavox to the Pioneer to the Aiwa, joining every other 20-year-old in the store cranking all the knobs and blasting AC/DC and the Who and Jethro Tull inside the Sanger-Harris store while pissing off the asst. manager in the polyester suit by putting the bass on 10 and the treble on 1 which basically shook the whole store like an earthquake, dreaming of high-tech equipment I couldn’t possibly afford, and then finally, saving up every penny I could muster –$800– and buying it, hauling it home in the backseat of a $550 car that wasn’t worth as much as the new stereo, unpacking the main receiver, cassette deck, sound mixer, turntable, and two giant 100-watt speakers loud enough to peel paint off my apartment walls.

Turning on this thing for the very first time, seeing those cool blue and yellow lights dancing up and down to the beat, cranking the heavy metal sound wheel like it was launching nuclear missiles (remember how great that big metal wheel felt in your hand, and it was shaking the window glass and it was turned up to just a 6? — all while thinking, what if I turn it up all the way to 10, will the whole building explode?), and then spending the hour tuning all the treble and bass nobs just right was like breaking a personal sound barrier. Oh, and the poor neighbors were fucked.

That’s the closest I’ve ever gotten to symphonic bliss. If heaven had a sound.

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2022 in Blog, Las Vegas, Music and Concert Reviews | 0 comments

The Story Behind the U2 Video Filmed in Las Vegas




Note: Continuing my tribute to Las Vegas and its colorful history on this the 20th anniversary of my relocation, here’s a look at some of the most memorable moments in pop culture which happened here.


The song is a feeling that most of us have shared at one time or another in our lives. Maybe more than once. After graduation. Following a breakup. After losing a job. Even upon retiring from a long career. Its message about searching for something is timeless but hopeful. It applies and appeals to everyone.

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2022 in Las Vegas, Music and Concert Reviews, Rants and Raves | 0 comments

My Thoughts on Standing Ovations and Encores



How and when did standing ovations get to be compulsory?

It used to be when an audience stood up and applauded right after a show, that was a rare display of mass appreciation reserved for only the most extraordinary performances. A standing ovation was the audience’s reaction to a moment of true greatness.

Now, it’s become a participation trophy. Standing ovations are meaningless.

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Posted by on Jul 13, 2022 in Blog, Music and Concert Reviews, Personal | 5 comments

Classic Concert Reviews: Tony Orlando and Dawn, Cotton Bowl, Dallas, 1973


tony orlando and dawn


Here’s the next segment of my new series of concert reviews and details of what I remember about various shows, performances, and events over the years that I’ve attended.  Some of these reviews will be short, while others will be much longer and more detailed.  It all depends on what I remember and what research is available on those old concert dates.  I hope you enjoy reliving these musical experiences with me.

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