Musician and Actor Levon Helm (Born Mark Lavon Helm), best known as the Drummer for The Band, has passed away on April 19, 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 71 years old. I was fortunate to see Levon play drums once, during a taping of the the short-lived Sundance TV Show, Spectacle, which was hosted by Elvis Costello. Levon appeared on the Build a Band episode, where he was joined by fellow musical legends such as Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson and Allen Toussaint. What an amazing set those guys put together! The East Portland Blog has an excellent Obit and remembrance of Levon’s life at This Link that’s both heartfelt and extremely compelling. Worth checking out even, or perhaps especially, if you didn’t know much about him. RIP, Levon. You will be missed.
This week, Hair Metal balladeers FireHouse join the ranks of Taylor Dayne, Asia and White Lion for my assessment of the cheese factor in their 1991 monster hit power ballad, “Love of a Lifetime.” Enjoy the video here, but click over to East Portland Blog for my provocative and insightful commentary from all the way back in the year 2000!
Everyone’s favorite Pacific Northwest music source, the East Portland Blog has once again dug deeply into the Worley Gig archives from the (pre-blog) Year 2000 and come up with this tasty morsel where I dissect the song “Desire” by one of my favorite Rock of the ’80s bands, Gene Loves Jezebel. Come and Get It right now by clicking This Link!
East Portland Blog has uncovered yet more ancient ramblings of mine concerning love songs we all listened to in previous lives and pretended to like. This week, it’s Taylor Dayne’s immortal torch song of self-delusion, “Love Will Lead You Back” – dissected by me with brutal, soul-baring honesty at This Link.
Ah, memories. Once again the East Portland Blog unearths a few of my crazy Hair Metal Musings from way, way, way back in the year 2000. Revisit my brain and watch the video for White Lion’s “Wait” – which, honestly, is just spectacular – at This Link!
The East Portland Blog has picked up some seriously vintage Worley Gig archival gems and you can read all of my thoughts on Asia’s “Heat of The Moment” (and watch the video!) now at This Link.
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Are you perhaps craving more of my Rock Critic wit and wisdom? Then cruise on over to East Portland Blog for my revealing and candid take on Live’s version of Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line.” (You know, it’s the arrangement American Idol Contestant Chris Daughtry ripped off from Live and then took all the credit for!)
The fine folks at East Portland Blog invited me to add an introductory paragraph to their daily featured video, an amazing hi-def clip of Queen performing “We Are The Champions” circa 1979. Get all nostalgic with me and check out this great vintage clip at This Link.