Posts Categorized: Life

Seen Live: a balladeer

The 24th a balladeer gig I saw was in my brother’s living room. It was the smallest crowd I have been part of yet. Myself included, there were just fourteen people there. And yet, the concept of shutting up in such an intimate setting didn’t occur to some of them. A funny thing happened: I… Read more »

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Paul O’Neill

Paul O’Neill, songwriter and producer for Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Savatage, has died. And even through I have bitched a bit here and there about TSO swallowing up my first-ever favorite band, this blows. O’Neill helped make Savatage what they were (theatrical, symphonical, over-the-top-rock-opera-metal awesomeness), he co-wrote all music and wrote most of the words, and… Read more »

First Lines: Faithful

As a non-fiction entry in his oeuvre, Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season doesn’t count towards the completion of number 66 on my list (Read all novels written by Stephen King). Even so, as part of the collection, I had to read it eventually. For someone who knows just… Read more »

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Seen Live: Jesus Christ Superstar

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar toured through The Netherlands, featuring Ted Neeley (who played Jesus in the 1973 movie and toured with Meat Loaf early in the 1980s) and a whole load of Italians. This seemed too good a thing to let it pass by, so we bought tickets. Then this… Read more »

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