Monday, December 26, 2011


Christmas 2011.  Something was missing this year, waiting for the spirit to arrive.  But it never did.  One year anniversary of the death of John.  Conflict.  Money woes.  A year of perpetual, bitter campaigning ahead.  I tried to find the silver ling but all I saw were the dark storm clouds.  This has to be the year of real New Years resolutions.  But on the bright side, Van Halen announced they are going to release a new album in February and go on tour in 2012!

I had time Friday night for only one show, Green Day performing at Irving Plaza in NYC on September 21, 2004.  An excellent soundboard recording of a show with a great setlist.  This was "Irving Plaza" weekend, with all shows taped from that particular theater.  I had plenty of good shows to choose from, limited primarily by available time.

Raised with such vision
Monuments rise in the sky
Crumble in the wind

Walking on the clouds
Weighed down by normality
Lost in the mooing herd

He's always fighting
Alone with the fire burning
So worn down inside

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An unusual selection for me but I do admire the work of "The Man In Black," the iconic American singer-songwriter who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.  Johnny Cash opened up the show for me this Christmas Eve evening under a cold, star lit sky with his performance at Irving Plaza on September 7, 1996.  Another excellent soundboard recording that got me pumped for this evenings headliner.

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I spent two nights with Echo and the Bunnymen in May of 2010 when they performed at Irving Plaza.  Tonight's show was my excellent recording of that night on May 1, 2010 my last time with John before he passed away suddenly seven months later.  Listening to it for the first time since that night brought back memories of that wonderful experience.  Christmas Day arrived before it was all over.

Find all the pictures from that night here:

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