Saturday, August 27, 2016

Black Sabbath @ Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT, USA - August 27th, 2016

This isn't Black Sabbath's first farewell tour, so I don't know how much credence we can give to their claim that this is "The End". But things are different now. The guys are nearing seventy, and Tony Iommi's health isn't what it used to be. So I couldn't really pass up this opportunity to see the venerable behemoth, nearly three years after their first Paris gig since the return of original singer Ozzy Osbourne.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Strolling down Sunset

While in SoCal for the last show of this leg of the GN'R tour, it would be silly not to drive down to L.A. for a little rock and roll pilgrimage.

If you're into movies and music like I am then Sunset Boulevard holds a mythical place in your imagination. I hadn't been here in years, decades even and it's good to see that things haven't changed. All the legendary rock clubs are still there and although it shut down years ago the famous Tower Records store is still standing.

I had quick lunch at the fabled Rainbow Bar & Grill but unfortunately they are only inaugurating their Lemmy statue tomorrow, so I didn't get to see it... Guess I'll have to come back.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Guns N' Roses @ Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego - August 22nd, 2016

This was something I thought I'd never see again. As a kid living in Brazil then later as a young teenager living in Paris, Guns N'Roses was my band. I wore the fuck out of my Appetite For Destruction vinyl AND tape and when the Use Your Illusion albums came out on September 17th 1991, after months or false promises, years even, I was first in line at the Virgin Megastore to get my copies.

The Cult @ Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego - August 22nd, 2016

The Cult was announced two hours before show time as the opener of the last date on this leg of the Not In This Lifetime tour and you could tell they weren't happy about it.