ACDC Rock or Bust Listening Party

Columbia Records and AC/DC did a really cool thing.  They had a listening party for their new album, Rock or Bust, which doesn’t even come out for two weeks.  Anyone who signed up on the TicketWeb site got into the event (which was at Webster Hall in NYC) for free.

Everyone also received free Bud Lite beer, an AC/DC Rock or Bust t-shirt and a collectible laminate. There were also contests for signed posters, tattoos and a signed electric guitar.  Unfortunately, there was no food.  People had been waiting since 3pm.  We were starved.

Gary Baba Booey Dell’Abate from the Howard Stern Show did a great job hosting, although he seemed really nervous.

They showed a film about the making of the music video, played every album track and later on Angus Young, Brian Johnson and their record producer, Brendan O’Brian came out to speak about the album.  They were very difficult to understand.

Other than the tool that hit me in the head/soaked me with his beer, it was a great night.

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Suicide Jumper 42nd Street New York City

Today, this was the view from my office window. A guy was was contemplating suicide on the ledge of the Dave & Busters building.  It began around 2:30PM and ended shortly before 5pm when the negotiator was able to talk him in.

The selfish asshole cost all those businesses millions of dollars and caused rush hour delays for many.

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The Walking Dead Cast Hanging with Fans in New York @WalkingDead_AMC

Tens of thousands of fans are in New York City this week for ComicCon 2014.  This event is huge.  Fans get to meet-and-greet with entertainers in town to promote their upcoming projects.

Not only did we catch Homer Simpson resting in Times Square, but we saw some of AMC-TV’s The Walking Dead cast outside ABC’s Good Morning America.

Greg Nicotero (Director), Steven Yeun (Glen) and Michael Cudlitz (Sgt. Abraham Ford) were super-friendly with the fans.  Lauren Cohan (Maggie) not so much.  Maybe, she’s shy.  They took the time to pose for photos, sign autographs, yuck it up.

While we were there, we saw singer Jessie J leaving.


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Eric the Actor Memorial Outside SiriusXM Howard Stern Studios @sternshow

The Howard Stern gang had a memorial for Wackpacker Eric the Actor/Midget outside SiriusXM radio.  Jennifer Hudson was leaving after being interviewed by Howard.  Mariann from Brooklyn got her to sign the card and sang for her.  Fans and Stern staffers also signed the card and left Eric’s favorite drink, Pepsi.

In the photos…Michael Fox, Joey Boots, Marianne from Brooklyn, Jim McClure, Speech Impediment Man, High Pitch Erik, Lisa G.  Very cool people.

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Chris Caffery of Trans-Siberian Orchestra Performs at Oktoberest

Oktoberfest at Action Park/Mountain Creek/Crystal Springs was awesome as always.  This year we had a special surprise.  Chris Caffery of Savatage and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra performed with the Grammy award winning Jimmy Sturr Orchestra.

Chris started by doing some polka songs and then busted out Kiss’ Rock and Roll All Night.  He’s an amazing guitar player.

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Apple iPhone 6 Goes on Sale in New York City

The best phone of all time went on sale today.  The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus made their debut at 8am this morning.  Thousands of people in line.

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Jackyl and Trixter Jackyl’d Off Bergen PAC @jackyljesse

Wow, this show was great. I’ve seen thousands of concerts and this was one of my favorites.

IMG_0690The night started with me hearing music blaring from inside Jackyl’s tour bus which was parked in front of Bergen PAC. I tweeted Jesse asking what they were listening to. He actually tweeted me back ‘rolling stones.’ (how cool is that?!?!)

Okay, before I begin talking about the show, let’s ignore that:

  • Bergen PAC has horrible acoustics.
  • Some big drunk oaf next to me kept hitting me in the head with his tree trunk arm.
  • Three girls showed up in the middle of the Jackyl set, spent the whole time taking ‘selfies,’ making fish faces and talking to the oaf next to me.  They were like an SNL sketch.

Last time I saw Trixter was also at Bergen PAC when they opened for Kix. In addition, I saw Trixter guitarist PJ Farley a few months ago when his cover band, The Zoo, backed Bret Michaels at Hard Rock Cafe New York.

Trixter is tighter than ever. They rocked their asses off up there. The entire band was having a blast on stage. I’m a bigger fan of them now, than when I was in High School.

I was surprised there were so few people (approx 50) in the venue while they were performing. Growing up in Paramus, this is considered a hometown show. It was a Friday night, good weather, only 10 minutes from Paramus.

This was my first time seeing Jackyl live. I’ve been following them since the 90s, but never had the pleasure of seeing them.  This was on my bucket list.

They don’t play a lot of dates. This explain why some people traveled crazy distances to get to Englewood, New Jersey.  One couple drove eight hours from Ohio.  Another couple drove three hours from Boston.

More people filled the venue when Jackyl hit the stage, but the floor was barely half full (approx 100 people). And this is after Bergen PAC tried selling the tickets on Groupon for the past month. Maybe, they’re bigger down south or in the midwest. New York/New Jersey is a strange market.

The small venue and small crowd made it feel like they were performing in my living room. It was awesome. Jesse came on stage like a bat out of hell. The band was jacked.

Jackyl played old songs, new songs and did a cover. At one point, they brought a teenage boy on stage to play some guitar. I couldn’t hear who they said he was. I think he was a band members’ son.

Jesse would occasionally fuck with the other band members to distract them from playing.  At one point, he put his finger under Jeff’s nose.  It completely broke his concentration.  Hysterical.  You had to be there.

They finished with The Lumberjack. Jesse came out with his signature chainsaw and stool which he cut in half throughout the song. It was like waiting for Gallagher to smash the watermelons.  At the end, he smashed it against the stage and gave pieces to the crowd.

They rocked me, rolled me and Jackyl’d me off.

The performance was so powerful that I NEED to see Jackyl again. Jackyl is like crack. I may need to take a road trip to Sturgis next year or at least to one of the Full Throttle festivals.

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On the Scene for Dancing with the Stars Cast Reveal

Today, ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars announced the contestants on Good Morning America.  The celebs came out around 850am New York for a quick photo opp.

The cast of this season’s Dancing with the Stars was revealed on Good Morning America today.  Tommy Chong (of Cheech and Chong fame), MMA Hall of Famer Randy Couture, Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones, Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson, Back to the Future’s Lea Thompson and radio talk show host Tavis Smiley, Michael Waltrip, Alfonso Ribeiro.

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Horrific Bus Accident on 7th Avenue NYC

Two tour buses collided on seventh avenue at 47th street completely ripping off the front of the one bus. Several people injured.


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Judas Priest’s Heavy Metal Hard Rock Arrival @judaspriest @eddietrunk @HardRockCafeNYC

It’s Judas Priest week here in New York City.  They’ve been doing tons of promotion for their new album Redeemer of Souls (released today), but nothing tops what I saw today.

The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square gave fans the chance to meet Judas Priest and get their new CD signed.

There were certain rules to follow:

  1. Fans must buy the CD from the FYE makeshift store (a table essentially) on 43rd street at 4PM.
  2. Only the first 500 fans that buy a CD will get a wristband, which allows them to come back at 6:30PM to have the CD signed.
  3. Fans could not start waiting before, I think, 3PM.
  4. They will not sign anything else.
  5. They will be signing from 6:30-8PM.
  6. They will not pose for photographs.

When I got out there at 4PM, there were already 500 people lined up halfway down 43rd.  When I came back at 5:30PM, it was an adrenalin packed party.  The Unknown Bikers, a Brooklyn-based motorcycle club was there, as well as tons of Priest fans.  In addition, there were a dozen radio contest winners who got to have their CDs signed first.

At around 5:40PM, The bikers vanished.  Then at 6:10PM, I heard someone tell security that they were on their way.  At 6:15PM,  the Harley’s returned, barreling down 43rd, escorting Judas Priest in a classic Cadillac.

There was lots of press there, as well as onlookers who had no idea who they were photographing.



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