(Me with Shinedown. I'm the one in the middle.)
I know you might not know me, but what can I say about myself that hasn't already been said (or yelled at me out of a car window)? Fatty...yeah. I'm a little chubby. Smart-ass...usually...but I prefer sarcastically inclined. You’re an ass...sometimes (most of the time). In general, I’m a normal early-thirties male except for one thing. I love music, movies, sports, and women (just like the other guys)...just not beer. But I do wear beer shirts to give the impression that I drink and that I’m cool. I have a house, a wife, a cat, a bad case of road rage when mood hits me, and an on-again/off-again addiction to video games (NCAA Football and MVP 07 NCAA Baseball). Everything else is pretty much explained by my chosen profession…radio guy. It’s the only job I know where you can dress like a slacker college student well into your 40’s, hang out in bars every night of the week, get lots of free stuff, and get paid to do it (albeit not much, but it pays the bills…almost). So, there I am. And please stop yelling at me from your car window. I can’t hear you over the roar of your Pinto anyway.
As a child of the 80's, I love all kinds of music. Rock (of course), Hip-Hop, Alternative, Country...everything. Well, not everything. I hate classical music.
(My Favorite Band)
Here are a few more artists/bands I like: Counting Crows, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, System of a Down, Tool, Soundgarden, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kanye West, The Streets, Fountains of Wayne, Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr., Hank III, Johnny Cash, Shooter Jennings, and many more.
I grew up in the Ohio Valley, so it's a given that I like watching some hoops. I also like football, baseball, and soccer of all kinds, but unlike anyone else you know, my sports passion is college baseball.
(Inside Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, NE)
(Ian and Tractor at the College World Series, 2006)
(Inside Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville, KY)
Here are the teams I follow:
Baseball - The University of Louisville, Ball State University, Miami University, California State Univeristy - Fullerton, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Oakland Athletics
Basketball - New Albany High School, Ball State University, The University of Louisville, Duke University, and the Los Angeles Lakers
Football - Ball State University, The University of Louisville, Miami University, and the Chicago Bears
Soccer - Team USA, MLS, English Premier League
When I'm not listening to music or watching sports, I have something in the DVD player, be it a movie or a television show (I'm never home to watch TV shows when they are actually on, so I have to buy what I want to see on DVD).
Movies - High Fidelity, Wedding Crashers, Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Almost Famous, Singles, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Old School, Anchorman, The Big Lebowski, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Daredevil, Thor, etc.
TV - The Family Guy, Man vs. Food, Lie To Me, Castle, That 70's Show, The Andy Griffith Show, One Tree Hill, etc.
And yes, I know some of those shows have been cancelled. Doesn't mean I stopped liking them.
The Ten Club- Home of the Pearl Jam Fanclub (it obviously needs to be at the top of the list)
U of L Baseball - Home of the U of L Baseball Cards
Rivals - Home to the Rivals Network, one of the biggest college sports sites on the web
ESPN - If you don't know, you better recognize
IMDB - Movies, movies, and more movies
antiMusic - Great source for music news
Rise Against – Endgame
Rise Against always give you their opinion. This can turn people off from some bands that don’t do it well, but no one does it better right now than they do. They tell you what they have to say and combine it with catchy hooks and great guitars. You understand their viewpoint and get entertained at the same time. It’s a win/win for everyone, and their newest effort “Endgame” is no different. A solid listen all of the way through. I highly recommend it.
I like comic books, but I love comic book movies and TV shows. Arrow is one of my new favorites. It’s a cool telling of the Green Arrow story (which I must admit I know very little about). Don’t know how true it is to the comic (haven’t read it), but it is a very good show.
So I have begun a quest to watch all of the movies on both the original AFI Top 100 list from 1998 and the updated 2007 version. I think the total number is 123 films between both lists. I thought I would begin with on of the movies I already own and love, The Godfather.
Needless to say, it will take me a while to get through them, but I will update my progress on my Facebook page (the link is above) and give you my review of each movie as I go.
I have decided to dip into my childhood on this one. I’ve only read the first few issues, but I already know that I am going to like these. And really, knowing is half the battle.
Yep, still reading it. I told you I read very slowly. I wasn't lying.
30 Second to Mars - Jimmy Kimmel Live
30 Second to Mars - Conan
Former Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier said a few weeks ago that he had to leave the band due to “health reasons”. Well, his actions tell a different story.
Check out this post from the Three Days Grace Facebook page:
“It had been our desire to keep an internal band matter just that, internal. However, after public statements by Adam we feel the need to give our fans the facts. Here’s the exact timeline of events over the past few weeks.
On December 21, 2012, Neil and Brad (via email), our manager and business manager (via federal express) received a letter from Adam's lawyer stating, "Please be advised effective immediately Adam is terminating his involvement with the band Three Days Grace. Adam has been wrestling with a health issue, outlined in the attached letter (a doctor’s letter dated December 14), which would have precluded him from touring with the band in 2013 and he wants the group to continue moving forward as they see fit while not holding them back."
As you can imagine, this came as a complete shock to us. We had just played a series of shows in Hartford and Peterborough the preceding week with no mention from Adam of any health issues or that this resignation letter was coming. We had no idea then that the December 15th Hartford show (which we played one day after the date of the doctor’s note attached to Adam’s lawyer’s letter) would be our final show with Adam as lead singer.
After receiving Adam’s lawyer’s letter, Brad sent Adam a text offering to get together to make sure that Adam’s decision was in fact the decision he wanted to make, a final decision, and to talk through any issues. As Brad said, “It would suck to end a twenty year relationship through a lawyer.” Brad’s invitation was declined by Adam via a text stating, “My decision is 100%. My relationship with Three Days Grace is over.”
We were then surprised to learn that even though we were told on December 21st that Adam was not able to tour with the band due to health concerns, he apparently planned on participating in a show on January 17 in New York City, as a solo artist.
How would you feel if you were in our shoes? Someone you had known for 20 years, whom you had grown up with, gone through ups and downs with, shared dreams with, ends that relationship as if you had known him for a single day with a letter from a lawyer.
With a new album and new tour about to begin, and music that everyone in the band is proud to play and promote, we were quickly left to come up with a way to continue what we started. We had a tour for “Transit of Venus” scheduled to start in a month, and we felt we owed it to our fans and ourselves to go through with it.
As we have said before, our fans are the best. You have stood with us through good times and bad times and you are the reason we do what we do. We appreciate more than we can say in words the support we have received during this time. This is not about choosing sides or deciding who's right or who's wrong. This is about being honest with you. Adam has made his choice and we wish him well. We care about our band, and we care about honouring our commitments to you, the fans. Three Days Grace has never been about one single band member and it never will be.
After touring is complete, we will move forward. In what shape and form, that is yet to be determined. What we can tell you is that and are excited to rock live and we can't wait to see you all on the road.”
Sounds to me like Adam wanted out to do his solo thing and he didn’t care what happened to the rest of the guys. Way to go, Adam. Way to throw away a twenty-year relationship for personal gain. You are a peach.