Sade Sept 2001

After a tremendous performance that could be ranked as good as any show ever, she ended the gig with this ballad to her daughter just nine days after September, 11, 2001. We were there:

This has to be the best ending to a concert video ever. I love how they show the escorting of the talent after the show, an art form that is all about shielding the fans away from any direct contact and getting out alive.

Jeff Beck, RIP

Another devastating loss for rockers everywhere – Jeff Beck, one of the most skilled, admired and influential guitarists in rock history, died on Tuesday of bacterial meningitis in a hospital near his home at Riverhall, a rural estate in southern England. He was 78.

In high school, I had two of his albums on 8-track – they were part of my teenage soundtrack:

Blow by Blow:




“Jeff Beck is the best guitar player on the planet,” Joe Perry, the lead guitarist of Aerosmith, told The New York Times in 2010. “He is head, hands and feet above all the rest of us, with the kind of talent that appears only once every generation or two.”

Favorite Song of the Year

This was my favorite song in the Wednesday Rock Blogging category this year, so when I had a chance to go she her at the legendary Whisky-A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip, I jumped at it – and took Natalie with me!  She said she’s not used to seeing her bands up close at venues like this while being packed in like sardines on the dance floor with a bunch of old guys:

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