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Category Archive: ‘Wednesday Rock Blogging’

Gregg Allman R.I.P.

Let’s do this right and go back to the original lineup.

We know that Gregg’s brother Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971, and bassist Berry Oakley was devastated.  He too died in a motorcycle accident a year later, just 3 miles away from where Duane crashed – Oakley also passed away. They were both 24 years old.

Start at the 14:00-minute mark, and enjoy Duane’s guitar solo in the beginning, and the midnight rider, Gregg Allman:

A more-current duet with Jackson Browne in 2014, with Jack Pearson on lead. The respect between them is palpable.  Click through and read the comments left on YouTube:

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Jim's Take on the Market, Wednesday Rock Blogging | 2 comments

Chris Cornell

We lost another all-time great last week – thoughts from Chris’ final night:

Keedick was clear that he didn’t believe Cornell seemed depressed during the show, and that he was in “good spirits” when he did sound check.

Keedick’s account seems to coincide with the statements provided by both Cornell’s wife, Vicky Karayiannis, and the family lawyer after his death was ruled a suicide, where they insisted that he would not intentionally take his life and leave his family behind, and that they believed that his confession he had taken an “extra Ativan or two,” may have influenced his decision to take his own life.

“When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him,” Karayiannis said in a statement. “What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details. I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them intentionally by taking his own life.”

Despite the initial autopsy confirming that Cornell committed suicide by hanging himself from the top of his hotel bathroom door, his family has maintained that his taking his own life was a decision he made while suffering from the adverse effects of Ativan, which he took for anxiety, or potentially other substances.

Ativan is a drug that is primarily prescribed for treatment of seizure disorders like epilepsy, though it can be prescribed for anxiety as well. Side effects however can include drowsiness, confusion, and depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. It is also known to cause dependency in individuals with histories of alcoholism or drug abuse.

He has several videos with views in the 8 and 9-figures!

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Jim's Take on the Market, Wednesday Rock Blogging | 4 comments

The Doors

If you don’t count the personal hit-and-runs with Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tommy Lasorda, Lexi Thompson, Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Eddie Van Halen, and Bob Dylan – and that Kato Kaelin is my fraternity brother –  then the biggest celebrity that I have ever shook hands with and been acknowledged as a human being was Robbie Krieger. He played a free lunchtime gig at CSUF in 1983 when I was the concert director.

He gets it going here at the 4:30-min mark:

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 5 comments

J. Geils

We lost a true guitar hero, J. Geils, on April 11th.

He mentions touring with the Stones in 1982 – were you one of the 100,000 who attended their show at the L.A. Coliseum?  The band was rocking that day!

But he and the band had disputes later, and there aren’t many great live show on youtube with J. Geils in them – lately the band was playing without him.  But this video has him talking about his guitars, and playing a little:

If you get a chance, watch the next video too about his Italian cars!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 2 comments