Hope you all had an awesome Memorial Day Weekend. Hope you also got a chance to listen to our annual Memorial Day Special last night. One of the joys of broadcasting on a Monday night, is that we get to spend Memorial Day with you every year. And we’ve been doing it for 12 years. As you all know, we’re huge supporters of our troops, and it’s always a honor to celebrate the lives of our fallen hero’s of war. While you were partying your ass off for the long weekend, I hope you took the time to remember WHY you were celebrating.
We had an amazing weekend of concert events. It all started on Friday night at The Coliseum for that kickass BOBAFLEX concert. It was really cool to see all the scenes from near and far come together for this amazing show. We put the word out for EVERYBODY to come support The Coliseum’s first national show. And you didn’t let me down. Everybody showed up and it was so cool to hang out with all the bands and friends that came out to show support. We even had many Superstar sightings in the crowd that night. Big props to BOBAFLEX and all the opening bands THE DOOD, ROCKSTARR BENTLEY, BEFORE THE FIRE, and THREE KILLER BUDS. They all turned in stellar performances. It was a night to remember. And Kudos to all the bands that gave props to our fallen hero’s. We stayed in Bradenton that night, and camped out at a friends house (lol) Yes, I’m from Jersey, and NO, I don’t go camping (lol) But the amazing camper we were housed in (complete with bathroom and shower) is probably the only type of camping I’ll ever do. It was fantastic. As cool as it was, I still had a massive hangover for Saturday night for the DEAD END RIVER concert. It wasn’t jam packed like the previous night, so I got to sit down for most of the event. And it was a really laid back, trippy type show, so I also got in a few Z’s. Great performances by an acoustic DEAD END RIVER, LE MORTE, DEVIL GONE PUBLIC, and CITY OF ANGELZS..
But the best part of the entire 4 day weekend was our celebration for our fallen hero’s last night. It’s always a special time for us. Last night’s playlist said it all. It was chock full of Battle Hymns, War Anthems, and touching tributes that reflected our time to remember the warriors that gave their lives for our country. We always honor the troops on our show, but the Memorial Day Special hits close to home on many levels.
LAST NIGHT’S MEMORIAL DAY PLAYLIST
OTHERWISE: Soldiers (Century Media)
WHITE WIZZARD: Torpedo Of Truth (Century Media) debut
MEGADETH: Built For War (Universal) debut
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: A Tribute To The Fallen (Roadrunner)
ACCEPT: Locked And Loaded (Nuclear Blast) debut
ANVIL: Call Of Duty (Anvil Ent) debut
SLASH: Shots Fired
THE DEFIANT: Old 666
SHADOWS FALL: Another Hero Lost
SAXON: Walking The Steel (UDR) debut
GENERATION KILL: Red White & Blood
*BANDS AND FANS UNITED (Part 2) Here we go again! Time to network your ass off this Saturday at The Coliseum. The first installment of the convention was a success on a small level. But it worked. This time around, we expect to see EVERYBODY out in force. This convention was designed for bands and musicians from all over Florida. It’s also designed for the fans of these bands and musicians. We’re bringing many different scenes together this time around. And my god, a TON of bands and musicians need this. I created this event for bands to up their game and get more fans, contacts, gigs, and meet other likeminded bands that also want to succeed in this business. I’m sick and tired of booking bands that do not draw, or even ‘care’ about their draw. I’m sick and tired of booking bands that feel too ‘entitled’ to network amongst the scene as well. That’s all going to change on Saturday. If bands and musicians feel they don’t need to attend this awesome event. Then I don’t need to book them anymore. Simple as that. My days of doing favors are over. BANDS AND FANS UNITED is the biggest favor I could possibly do for your band. The opportunity is there to be seized. Grab it or don’t contact me..PERIOD!!
This time around, we want all musicians to bring their instruments. GUITARISTS: You will need your guitar and your head..thats it. BASSISTS: You will need your bass. DRUMMERS: You will need your sticks and cymbals. All cabs and drums were sponsored by SINISTER GUITAR PICKS and ACE DRUMS. Huge shoutout to Stevon for hooking up the sponsorships. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? I don’t really want to let the cat out of the bag, but I CAN SAY it will not be nothing like an open mic. There will be work involved, but in a fun way. I’m using this as a point of reference in band bonding and songwriting skills. A lot of this harkens back to my days with Sony Records, so it’s going to be a ‘Master Class’ of sorts with EVERYBODY involved. We’re cutting down on the guest speakers this time around because there’s an actual ‘mission’ to be accomplished. You’ll read all about it in next weeks blog. But the bottom line here is..I need EVERYBODY I work with to show up. This event has been advertised for months..NO EXCUSES
In fact, if you have not joined the event page at The Coliseum site. Please do it now and we’ll see you Saturday at 6:00pm http://www.facebook.com/ColiseumBradentonFL
And dont forget to bring merch and a table. It’s a $5 admission
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