Thursday, July 30, 2015

07/29/15 RIP Chris Crooker (Twin Cities Drummer)


(Image via Facebook)

As we had previously reported HERE:
"Back on Friday, March 20th, 2015, Rockfist / The Bottle Chasers' drummer/vocalist Chris Crooker and his family received terrible news. Chris has been diagnosed with stage IV Sarcomatoid Kidney Cancer. Unfortunately, it is a very rare and aggressive form of cancer and it has spread to his liver and lungs. Chris, his family and friends are devastated. Chris' friends in the music industry are rallied around him and his family to hold a family friendly benefit on May 3rd at Neisen's Sports Bar in Savage, MN."

The benefit show at Niesen's on May 3rd was a huge success with several hundred people turning out throughout the course of a long day and evening and Chris received all the love and support his friends and family and total strangers could offer. Not knowing the guy personally, it was still great to be able to see him doing what he loved to do, joining in to pound the skins during a few sets of live music with current and former band mates that afternoon. Since then, through some friends, I know Chris has been keeping as busy as he can, making memories of a lifetime  with family and friends as we all do during the summer.

Sadly, news began to circulate throughout Twin Cities music circles earlier this morning that Chris Crooker, beloved husband, father, friend and drummer lost his brief but intense battle last night, July 29th. As one friend stated earlier today, his passing leaves a huge hole in the soul of the Minneapolis/St. Paul music scene.

In memory, take a look back on that amazing day in early May at Neisen's in Savage. In the following series of three very well put together videos (by ANDVDMedia) that feature a lot of great live music as well, you can watch the outpouring of love and support for Chris then, and you can maybe also begin to get an idea of the number of many people that are feeling a very deep loss this evening.

TATSOL would like to extend our deepest condolences to the entire Crooker family and to all of the many friends and band mates that Chris touched so intensely during his time here.







Starts Today! 07/30 - 08/01 2015 Wacken 2015 @ Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

07/30 - 08/01 2015 Wacken 2015 @ Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

...and many, many more.
Many shows to be live broadcast on TV and/or live streamed via the internet.

Complete festival billing and broadcast details: -Wacken.com
Follow along: Wacken Open Air Official / Facebook


One From The Archives: 07/30/83 4th Annual Great Northern Picnic /w/ Loverboy/ Joan Jett & The Blackhearts/ Quiet Riot @ Parade Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

07/30/83 Great Northern Picnic 1983 @ Parade Stadium, St. Paul, MN (ad 2)
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

07/30/83 Great Northern Picnic 1983 @ Parade Stadium, St. Paul, MN (ad 1)

07/30/83 Great Northern Picnic 1983 @ Parade Stadium, Minneapolis, MN (News Item)

One From The Archives: 07/30/90 Gregg Bissonette Drum Clinic @ Radisson Univerity Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

07/30/90 Gregg Bissonette Drum Clinic @ Radisson University Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

One From The Archives: 07/30/90 Flotsam & Jetsam/ Prong @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

07/30/90 Flotsam & Jetsam @ First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN (Album Ad)
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley: Episode #70 - Stevie Rachelle (Tuff / Metal Sludge)

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley (07/28/15 - Stevie Rachelle)

Each and every week at about this time (give or take a day) and whether you want us to or not, TATSOL is proud to bring you...not so live, direct from someplace in Hollywood, California...the latest episode of Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley! Episode #70 is now available for your listening pleasure!

This week! Stevie Rachelle, frontman of 80's metal band TUFF and the Sludgemaster himself of Metal Sludge.TV, finally comes into the studio for what turned out to be an epic, nearly three hour interview! Stevie sits down with Izzy and they get into discussing his life before rock and roll, days when he was decidedly more into punk rock and skate boarding and how Mötley Crüe eventually changed his life. Also covered is his appearance in the infamous "Decline Of Western Civilization Part 2: The Metal Years" the rise and fall of the band Tuff, loosing out on six figures because of Napster, making money off of Packer Fans, Metal Sludge of course, some current hard rock/metal topics/news such as the now breaking story about DJ Ashba leaving Guns and Roses. All that and much, much more.

You don't want to be the only one who isn't listening do you?!?



-Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley/ Facebook
-Izzy Presley Productions.com

Tonight! 07/29/15 Platypus/ Blackcloud Stallionheart/ Want Slash Need @ Driftwood Char Bar, Minneapolis, MN

07/29/15 Platypus @ Driftwood Char Bar, Minneapolis, MN

-Platypus-MN/Facebook


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Now Available From Whiplash Records! The Magic Tramps "Live at the Max's Kansas City 50th Reunion - 06/04/15"

The Magic Tramps "Live at the Max's Kansas City 50th Reunion" (Bowery Electric, NYC - 06/04/15)

As reported here previously, back on June 4th, 2015 drummer Sesu Coleman and violinist Lary Chaplan resurrected their long dormant New York City glam-rock/pre-punk legend of a band called The Magic Tramps, for one more very special gig.

Along with Joey Kelly, Joe Sztabnik, and Angello Olivieri rounding out the bands modern-day lineup, The Magic Tramps played a set of songs that come straight from another time for a crowd gathered at the Bowery Electric in New York City to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the infamous 60's and 70's NYC hot spot, Max's Kansas City. Being an important part of the very earliest days of the historic music scene upstairs at Max's, having The Magic Tramps play one more time to celebrate that history was a no-brainer.


(Video - Alan Rand)

The following day, Sesu wrote the following message to fans and friends:

"It was a magical night. The energy, the fans, the music, and old friends. I want to thank Peter Crowley, Diane Gentile and The Bowery Electric for allowing the 'Tribes' to unite once again. A special shout to my 'outlaw' band mates who believed in this project from day one. Glitter and all! To Joey Kelly - Joe Sztabnik - Angello Olivieri and of course my musical soul brother Lary Chaplan for making this a special moment never to be forgotten. And of course to all the other bands who played with a great spirit of comradery. It was a R&R night - thank you all."

Now available on CD exclusively from Whiplash Records!
Own your very own copy of the recording from this historic show!

The Magic Tramps
"Live at the Max's Kansas City 50th Reunion"
Bowery Electric NYC - 06/04/15

Six songs:
1. Hey People - 2. Trippin' - 3. Warriors of the Rainbow
4. Fight Song - 5. Max's - 6. Magic In The Moonlight

Available for $10 plus shipping.
Order securely from the following links:

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One From The Archives: 07/27/84 Aerosmith/ Orion The Hunter @ Navy Island, St. Paul, MN

July-August-September 1984 Coors Beer Concert Series @ Navy Island, St. Paul, MN
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

One From The Archives: 07/27 & 30/88 "The Minneapolis Sound (KTCA2-TV & KFAI 90.3FM-Radio Simulcast)

07/27/88 & 07/30/88 "The Minneapolis Sound" (KTCA 2 TV / KFAI 90.3 Radio)
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

A cool look at the Twin Cities music scene circa 1988. Originally aired on KTCA2-TV and was radio simulcast on KFAI 90.3FM.

Here is Part 2 Only.
The guy who recorded this says this was all he got...



One From The Archives: 07/27/90 - 08/05/90 RiverFest 1990 @ Harriet Island, St. Paul, MN

07/27/90 - 08/05/90 RiverFest 1990 @ Harriet Island, St. Paul, MN (Ad-Top) 07/27/90 - 08/05/90 RiverFest 1990 @ Harriet Island, St. Paul, MN (Ad-Bottom)
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Bombastic Summer Celebration! 07/25/15 Aquatennial 2015 Fireworks, Minneapolis, MN



Got a phone call from our old pal "337" just after dinner time last night. He had called to ask us if we'd like to join himself and a few others near the Central Avenue Bridge that spans the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis for the Aquatennial Fireworks. He enthusiastically explained that they were being billed as one of the "top 5 fireworks shows in the nation this summer!"

That sounded like a good enough reason as any for us to get out and enjoy another beautiful late July summer-in-paradise type of evening. So a few minutes later we piled into the car and off we went to join our friends. We brought the camera to capture the entire 20 minute show and are happy to share it with the rest of you here now in three parts. Glad to report that it was pretty damn impressive as you'll see if you choose to watch the entire show.





Tonight! 07/26/15 BulletBoys/ Tracii Guns/ Tattooed Millionaires/ Killerbee @ G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park, Fridley, MN

07/26/15 BulletBoys/ Tracii Guns/ Tattooed Millionaires/ Killerbee @ G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park, Fridley, MN
-A Viking Rocker Productions Presentation

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley: Episode #69 - Oni Logan (Lynch Mob / Dio Disciples)

Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley (Oni Logan - 07/21/15)

Each and every week at about this time (give or take a day) and whether you want us to or not, TATSOL is proud to bring you...not so live, direct from someplace in Hollywood, California...the latest episode of Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley! Episode #69 is now available for your listening pleasure!

This week! After some "Taking Care of Business," a great Izzy-esque rant on the generational decline of common courtesy and lack of appreciation when someone goes out of their way for you. Chalk it up to more of that "I'm entitled" mentality that seems so commonplace now. Then, on to the show! First up - Another F'n Podcast Fantasy Football guru Jeff "The Great Bobboo" Bauer calls in to talk Brett Favre mania in Cheeseland and to throw a challenge out to Stevie Rachelle from Tuff (and head honcho at Metal Sludge.TV) who, incidentally, will be the in-studio guest on next week's show.

And! In this weeks feature interview, vocalist Oni Logan calls in to talk about the new Lynch Mob record "Rebel" that is scheduled to be released in August. Other stories and reminiscences include tales of following Steelheart on their tour in 1991, paying tribute to a Metal legend by singing songs with the Dio Disciples. Oni also confirms the fact that George Lynch is a big practical joker. All of that and much more in this do-not-miss episode!

So hit that damn play button already and let's rock and roll!



-Another F'n Podcast with Izzy Presley/ Facebook
-Izzy Presley Productions.com

Starts Tomorrow! 07/23 - 25/15 Halfway Jam XII @ Royalton, MN

07/22 - 25/15 Halfway Jam XII @ Royalton, MN

-Complete event details: Halfway Jam.com

Tonight! 07/22/15 Royal Bliss/ The GooDBarS/ Pandemic Inc./ The Phoenix Philosophy @ G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park, Fridley, MN

07/22/15 Royal Bliss/ The GooDBarS/ Pandemic Inc./ The Phoenix Philosophy @ G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park, Fridley, MN
-A Viking Rocker Productions Presentation

-The GooDBarS/Facebook

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tonight! 07/21/15 Smashmouth/ Clay Howard and the Silver Alerts (with Brynn Arens)/ Bare The Traveller @ Ziggy's, Winston-Salem, NC (Updated!)

07/21/15 Smashmouth/ Clay Howard & The Silver Alerts (with Brynn Arens) @ Ziggy's, Winston-Salem, NC

-Clay Howard/ Facebook
-ZiggyRock.net

UPDATE:

Back in May, friend of the blog Mark Skaar (on-air personality at Clear Lake/Mason City, Iowa rock station 103.7FM The Fox) had the opportunity to interview Clay Howard by telephone. The discussion centered mostly around the recording of Howard's new CD, "Who The Hell Is Clay Howard?" and just how it was that he came to find himself working on music across great distances via the internet with Minneapolis musician/writer/producer Brynn Arens.

Mark has kindly uploaded the entire, unedited interview for the listening pleasure of anyone who missed it when it originally aired. We are very pleased to be able to share that with you here now.





"Who The Hell Is Clay Howard?" is now available from Rock Steady Records as digital download or, if you still prefer a physical copy, the CD format is available for order as well.

-Amazon.com
-CDBaby.com