Hola, readers! Seriously, this past week was even faster than the previous one and age 40 yours truly is keeping a meaner pace now than in my 20s.
Case in point, last week being under the gun with the end-of-the-month crunch at the office, I found myself getting back home at zero hour for a double-header interview with Stevie Benton of Drowning Pool then Hatchet and Frozen director Adam Green then another bounce out to grab my kid from a late event. Stevie was a trip and even though I had to cut our interview short, he was a dude's dude and a pleasure to joke around with. Adam was equally fun like the previous time we spoke and he gave me some great stories about those wolves in Frozen which you can read about when Retaliate debuts this fall.
Then the following night, I jetted downtown on the subway to the Accept/King's X gig after working 12 hours. I sadly missed King's X, a band I've always respected and loved, but got to the venue just in the nick of time to hop into the photo pit and start shooting Accept. Now that's some kinda crazy living.
But I did get a fast minute with dUg Pinnick of King's X in-between songs during Accept's set and a quick photo. Super-nice guy. Accept rocked the place and best of all, they smiled, smiled, smiled all the way through, as you can gather by the photos posted here and those which will accompany my interview with Wolf Hoffman in Retaliate mag. You can't help but get sucked in to a band genuinely enjoying themselves up there.
In other news, my poetry chapbook entitled Goodbye, Excellent has been picked up for publication by Boulder Street Books, which is exciting news. A more formal announcement on that book will follow once the release date is set.
And with that, it's time to hop on the proverbial zip cord like my kid's Go Diego Go show and vamos, Van Horn!
Accept - Blood of the Nations
Devo - Something for Everybody
The Absence - Enemy Unbound
The Beatles - Please Please Me
Michael Schenker - UFO and MSG anthology
REM - And I Feel Fine: The Best of the IRS Years 1982-87
Zombi - Surface to Air
Killing Joke - s/t
Killing Joke - Night Time
Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Connection - We Are Volsung
Drowning Pool - s/t