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Category Archive: ‘Wednesday Rock Blogging’

Drive Like Jehu Live

From wiki:

Drive Like Jehu was an American post-hardcore and alternative rock band from San Diego active from 1990 to 1995.

Formed by rhythm guitarist and vocalist Rick Froberg and lead guitarist John Reis following the breakup of their band Pitchfork, the band’s lineup also included bassist Mike Kennedy and drummer Mark Trombino.

Their music was characterized by multisectioned compositions, interlocking guitar patterns, orchestrated builds and releases, and elliptical melodies that produced a distinctive sound amongst other post-hardcore acts and impacted the evolution of hardcore punk into emo.

On Sunday, DLJ reunited for the first time in 19 years, and played at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion – with Carol Williams, the organist:

Here is their full set:

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 0 comments

The Who

I saw The Who at the L.A. Sports Arena in 1980 (with Kenney Jones), and my ears rang for at least a week! In 1976 they had set the Guinness Book of World Records for loudest concert ever, measured at 120 decibels from 50 meters away!

They just announced last week that they will be touring in 2015 as part of their 50th anniversary!

Here’s one of their best shows, from 1970 when Keith Moon was in fine form:

The 1970 Isle of Wight Festival was held between 26 and 31 August 1970 at East Afton Farm an area on the western side of the Isle of Wight. It was the last of three consecutive music festivals to take place on the island between 1968 and 1970 and widely acknowledged as the largest musical event of its time, greater than the attendance of Woodstock.  Although estimates vary, the Guinness Book of Records estimated 600,000, possibly 700,000 people attended. It was organised and promoted by local brothers, Ronnie, Ray and Bill Foulk. Ron Smith was site manager and Rikki Farr acted as compere.

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 1 comment

Psychedelic Furs

We went to the Furs show at SDSU’s Open Air Theater on August 25, 1984, after they had enjoyed years of steady play on 91X and had just released their ‘Mirror Moves’ album – it was a big show in the day.

(I thought I hit the ‘publish’ button last night)

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 2 comments

Les Paul at 90

Les Paul…RIP…Music performed by Les Paul & the Les Paul Trio at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City with Les Paul on 90th birthday.

Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009), known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor.

He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention.

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Wednesday Rock Blogging | 1 comment