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I've mentioned it before, but next to our friend Dave, I'm a Paul McCartney fan. I don't care if you think John was better or claim you were always George's biggest fan. Paul. That's who I have always adored.
So you know, on June 2, in Washington D.C., Dave is going to help honor Sir Paul at a White House concert and I'd give a year's salary (which is a big fuckin' deal, Mr. Vice President) to even get the slightest glimpse of that.
I suppose I'll survive somehow. I always do... but wow!
According to the article, this will air on PBS stations around the United States on July 28, 2010. I'm DVR'ing it.
As if Sir Paul weren't enough, Dave will be presenting 'The John Bonham Story' on BBC 6 Music Monday, May 31, 2010. Here's the article with a little more information.
How awesome is all of this? I'm still planning on trying to hit the 9:30 Club in D.C. on the 31st to catch Dave there, but I doubt President Obama will give me access to the White House. Even though I DID campaign for the guy.. knocking on doors - signing up voters.. you know. Just sayin'. ;-p
The 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. will be celebrating their 30 yr anniversary on Monday, May 31, 2010. Here's a nice article about the club's history and a quote by Dave:
Dave Grohl, former Nirvana and Scream drummer, and current frontman for the Foo Fighters:
I went to the 9:30 club hundreds of times. I was always so excited to get there, and I was always bummed when it closed. I spent my teenage years at the club and saw some shows that changed my life. The first time I played there was with my band Dain Bramage, when I was 15 or 16. I scored my first record deal that night, with Fartblossom Records. It was already the greatest night of my life -- as a kid growing up in the D.C. punkrock scene, your first show at the 9:30 club might as well have been Royal Albert Hall or Madison Square Garden. Scream played there a few times, and then Nirvana played there just as "Nevermind" came out and we were starting to get popular.
Here's another quote:
Hurwitz: The original Black Cat was a little bigger than the old 9:30 club, had a little nicer dressing room -- everything was just a little better -- and had a celebrity investor in Dave Grohl. When it opened, all these bands I thought were loyal started a mass exodus. I remember one agent said to me: "Nobody plays the 9:30 anymore. It's dead." I had to prove them wrong.
Grohl: That club had a special place in everybody's heart. But it was difficult for local bands to get shows there, and some of the tickets were a little too expensive for some people to afford. The idea with the Black Cat was to open up a bigger room that wouldn't have to have a high ticket price. It would be for local bands, rather than national touring acts, and it would be a little more musician-friendly. There were lot of good things about the old 9:30 club, but there were some bad things about it, too. Load-in was a bitch, the dressing room was small, and it had that [expletive] pole and those rats. Then Seth went and opened the new club. Ask any band that's toured the country more than once what their favorite venue to play is, and nine out of 10 will say the new 9:30 club.
I like that 'load-in' got called a bitch.
Anyway, rumor has it that Dave could show up on the 31st for an acoustic set... and me? I'm sick of hanging out in Boston so ROAD TRIP if so.
My friend Kelsey sent in some photos from the TCV Roseland NYC show from February - I'm sorting through those and should have them up in the next few days. Promise.
Also wanted to mention that I had a really great time last weekend because my friend Elle from Germany flew in with her husband and we were able to finally meet in person. Elle is the woman who does all of the graphic designs for this website. She's awesome and I really did enjoy meeting her and her husband and getting to know her in person! We took the Boston Duck Boat tour (I got to drive the boat on the Charles river and we all lived to tell about it!) and we snapped this photo:
Elle & Leecy. Graphic Designer and Web Designer for SweetParamania.com
Elle is now enjoying the rest of her vacation in Florida but is heading back home soon and will be front row (I am told) at the Amsterdam Them Crooked Vultures show in June. I'm jealous.
So let's kick off our 7th year here with some lovely photos of my boss, Dave. (see previous update for the punchline)
The May 2010 issue of Spin Magazine is dedicated to the 100 Moments that rocked the world, and wouldn't you know it - Davie G. is # 1. Ok not in that sense, but he IS holding up the international sign for 'I'm # 1'.
Moment # 31 - a little band out of Seattle - maybe you've heard of them..."Nirvana"..? Ring a bell? Well, they hired this drummer and the rest is history...
Rolling Stone Issue 1104 dated May 13, 2010 with *sigh* Robert Downey, Jr. on the cover has this little photo taken at Coachella of Dave grilling up those steaks that he flippin' served to our friend Julio (see April 2010 archives).
Check out Joe Beebe in that photo. I have to tell you that I have been on the receiving end of that look from Beebs. (Kidding).
Q Magazine's May 2010 issue features the 100 greatest Front Men. 3 guesses as to who is on the list and the first two don't count. That's right, your boy Dave is # 35 which in reality is total effin' bullshit. Come on, Q Magazine. You're gonna put Chris "I named my kid after a fruit" Martin higher than Dr. G? You're dead to me, Q. DEAD. Yet somehow you still got my $9.99 which is highway robbery.
You know what's sort of funny (and sad) about the Q&A's on that piece is that when describing his fans, Dave said "Zits, Braces, and money for T-shirts". I read that and thought about myself and thought 'Well, 1 out of 3 ain't so bad.' (In case you're wondering I took the 'money for T-shirts' line and applied it to myself.) Then I looked in the mirror and realized that currently I'm sporting a mouth full of braces and..what's that spot on my chin?? Christ, when the man is right, he's REALLY right!
This also appears in the latest issue of Q Magazine (DEAD TO ME!!!) and because I'm such a sharing/caring person I'm including it in my update. So all you Taylor fans enjoy:
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More about Taylor in a moment.
The May/June 2010 issue of Revolver magazine features the Golden Gods Awards where Dave presented Lemmy the 'Splatterhouse Lifetime Acheivement' Award:
You can catch Dave playing drums on 'Ace of Spades' at this event here:
I'm including this photo from the index of the magazine for obvious reasons (Click to Enlarge). There's our friend Dave again giving that #1 sign and ... not sure what the other hand is supposed to be doing..?
I think of my brother when I see Dave Mustaine because he used to walk around the house yelling "HELLO ME, IT'S ME AGAIN" just to annoy the shit out of me and even to this day I'll get a random text message or e mail from him with the same words in the title or some shit or he'll send the YouTube link to 'Sweating Bullets' to me. Ahh, Steve - you never disappoint me, little brother.
Dave G. looks a little like he might actually be sweating bullets in that photo. Look how crazy Mustaine looks. I'm sending this to my brother.
What Golden Gods of Rock magazine would be complete without a full size poster as seen here. I apologize for the quality - it's folded in half and bigger than my scanner so you know, go buy the flippin' magazine if you want this thing on your wall.
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That's all I have in the way of Dave, but wanted to say that last weekend my friends Veronica & Emily randomly showed up at my apartment here in Boston so I took them in and treated them to a weekend on the town (seriously, you have not LIVED until you have visited an Irish pub with one Emily Hopkins. Girlfriend knows ALL the songs). Anyway, we also caught Taylor Hawkins at 'Great Scott' and I have to tell you - he put on a fantastic show! We got to talk to him for a bit and he was very sweet and signed some CDs and posters and we had a great time! Thank you, Taylor. Here are a few photos and then I'm officially done with this update. Happy Weekend, everyone!
Coming to you live from Lowell, MA juvenile court as yours truly has been selected to appear at Jury Duty and do my civic duty as a good American. So, while I sit around for hours waiting to see if I am one of the chosen ones, I thought I would work on our 6 year online anniversary update. I just sort of realized that today marks 6 yrs we've been online...probably because I just received an e mail to pay the bill (Which I did. You're welcome.).
Let me take a moment to just say that the past 6 yrs have been quite interesting because of this place. I've made a ton of new friends. I've met a crazy amount of people and I think the most surprising part of it for me is that we're all really a lot alike. (Some of you ARE weirdos though.. you know who you are..)
Not to mention I've had the absolute privilege to be able to talk with Dave quite a few times at various concerts (Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures) and I still find that one hard to wrap my brain around. This website started as a project for a website class that I took because I wanted to learn web design. I never dreamed that anyone would ever look at it. I never thought it would be online 6 yrs after that class. I never thought that I would be given so many opportunities and so many friends because of it so yes, it means a lot to me. Some of my dearest friends in my life now are because of this place. So thank you for continuing to hang out, contribute, and for every kind word you ever extended to me. I appreciate it more than I could ever let you know.
Now, having said that - it's not always a piece of cake. There are times my email inbox completely explodes. I made a promise to myself that if I was going to run this website that I was not going to 'half-ass' it as my dad would say. Sometimes I am overwhelmed, but I've never regretted it. There are times I'm not so quick to reply to all of the e mails and there are times that I'm absolutely at a loss for words to some of the things that end up in said Inbox, but that's to be expected I guess.
Some of the more interesting things I have received: obviously requests for signed articles (posters, CDs etc) from Dave because that is probably a really easy thing for me to get, right? No. I don't even ask for myself so I'm sorry that I can't do that for you. More recently I was told that I shouldn't have a problem getting these items since I do in fact "work" and am "employed" by Dave. Mm hm. Wrong. I do not work for Dave. This one had me laughing for about 24 hrs really.
Sometimes people who went to school with Dave *wink* are in desperate need to get in contact with him again and write out long, obsessive e mails about how I absolutely have to pass along a letter to him to reconnect. I kind of have an idea that if he went to school with you and was your friend, he's probably somehow still in touch. If not, well there's really nothing I can do for you. I really have no way of contacting him other than maybe putting something up here on the news section and hoping he reads it - which will not be happening so don't bother asking.
Oh I could go on and on, but you have other websites to visit... Facebook statuses to update.. Tweets to ..tweet - or whatever it is Twitterers do.
Thanks again, everyone - it's been a lot of fun. I guess we'll continue to update and meet up as a bunch of NERDS at shows. Why not? Good times.
Check back in the next few days. I have a lot of updates in the form of about $45 I spent on rock magazines recently. Maybe if I'm selected as a juror I'll actually have time to put those scans up.
Juror # 024947336