In honor of the RNC:
Category Archive: ‘Wednesday Rock Blogging’
Musicians should write more songs to inspire America:
This is from the first Farm-Aid concert on September 22, 1985 at the University of Illinois Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois.
Check out the lineup (X played the first two years):
Always loved her intensity – and this is in front of 80,000 people!
Invest five minutes of your life on some good ol’ boy boogie blues:
Over 6 million views on YouTube – one of many comments: “A beautiful song written by an atheist about angels. Love is stronger than differences.”
Once in a lifetime!
You’ve seen that guy.
He emerges from some dark corner of the audience, maybe drunk, gawkily shoving his way through the crowd as the audience stands contented, mesmerized by the rock god onstage. He leans forward next to your ear, brutishly disturbing your daydream with a shrill, piercing shout:
Eyes roll in the audience. The man’s face snarls with wretched delight. He is the only one laughing.
But just before your disgust impels you to jam your elbow into this troll’s ribcage, a guitar rings out. Everyone turns to the stage.
Holy hell, Bob Dylan is actually playing “Free Bird.”
To the shock of a Berkeley audience, Dylan closed out his set at the Greek Theater last week — which featured covers of some of Frank Sinatra’s most famous songs from his newest album “Fallen Angels” — with a take on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1973 hit “Free Bird.”
Thankfully, no musicians died this week, so let’s acknowledge Top Gun, which came out thirty years ago. Those of us who are long-time San Diegans remember how popular it was here due to it being filmed locally. The Top Gun house in Oceanside can be seen at the 0.56-minute mark.
In June 2013, Bruckheimer stated that: “For 30 years we’ve been trying to make a sequel and we’re not going to stop. We still want to do it with Tom [Cruise] and Paramount are still interested in making it.
What Tom tells me is that no matter where he goes in the world, people refer to him as Maverick. It’s something he is excited about so as long as he keeps his enthusiasm hopefully we’ll get it made.”
On September 8, 2014, Paramount and Skydance revealed being in negotiations to have Justin Marks write the screenplay. In June 2015, while promoting Terminator Genisys, Skydance CEO David Ellison confirmed Marks was writing the screenplay, with the plot emphasizing “drone technology and fifth generation fighters. It’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today.” Kilmer posted on his Facebook page that he will be returning as Iceman.
In April 2016, Marks told Creative Screenwriting that Top Gun 2 was a dream project for him, as Top Gun was the first movie he remembered seeing in theaters. “Just researching the Joint Strike Fighters, the F-35, the different notions of where the Navy is today was a very interesting insight and it started to give me ideas of what Top Gun would represent in a current era.”