I wish I’d gone on the KISS Kruise

When I first heard about the KISS Kruise, my first reaction was to make jokes about the band finding a new way to extract money from the fan base but after seeing this video, now I’m thinking that maybe I should have scraped together my nickels and taken the cruise as well. I hope the entire setlist surfaces as a bootleg very soon.

The entire setlist from the first show: Room Service, Two Timer, Comin’ Home, Strutter, Nothin’ To Lose, Love Her All I Can, All The Way, She, Take Me, Goin’ Blind, Parasite, Rock Bottom, Got To Choose, Shout It Out Loud, Lick It Up, C’mon And Love Me, Hard Luck Woman, Beth, Rock And Roll All Nite.

Rumor has it that the second show is not going to repeat anything from the first set. Maybe they’ll play some off the wall stuff from the unmasked years. We can only hope!

Steve Jobs – 1955-2011

There isn’t a lot I can say about Steve Jobs that hasn’t been said already so I’ll just say this:

Thanks for helping to revolutionize the computing industry as we know it. Thanks also for revolutionizing how we consume all forms of media today. While I know it wasn’t you who single-handedly made all this happen, you were there to get the ball rolling. You have fans who adore you and who will dearly miss you. Rest in peace Steve Jobs.

Open Mouth, Insert Foot

This is the first post in my new blog: Random Thoughts

Recently, Jon Bon Jovi blamed the decline of the music industry on Steve Jobs. Really? Apparently, Mr. Bongiovi did not get the memo that Napster was the first real threat to the music industry’s resistance to embrace new technology. Napster shook things up when it launched in June, 1999. iTunes didn’t come along until January 2001.

Jon’s complaint is supposedly about “the experience” of getting a new release and how iTunes has taken that experience away. I don’t know if I am the exception but I was never one to buy a record, cassette or a CD based solely on what the album cover looked like. I had to hear the music before I laid down my hard earned money. (There’s nothing like laying down $15.99 and finding out that you bought one great tune and 11 stinkers.) I believe that this is Jon complaining about the decline in sales of his most recent releases. I read a couple other articles recently (sorry, but I cannot find the links) and in one, Jon was complaining that album sales were no where near what they used to be. In the other, he complained that he hadn’t made one of the “Top 500 Richest” lists or something similar. It came off to me that he sounded a little ungrateful for what he does have.

My thoughts on the reason his album sales aren’t what they used to be are simple. He’s not what the general public is consuming these days. He’s been around long enough that folks are more interested in going to see his shows than buying his records. He has crossed the plateau from being “it” to being a nostalgia act. Now, I’m not dogging on that. I would love to be in his shoes and still filling arenas 20+ years after my big break. What I’m saying is that his means for generating income from his music have shifted from selling records to selling out arenas.

What do you think? Am I off base here? Are Jon & other “classic rockers” just being too whiny because they miss the old days? Post your comments below. I would love to hear what you have to say.

Now get off my lawn, you hoodlums.

Hello and Welcome!

Soundcheck at the Nashville Palace (2018)

Hello there and welcome to my website. I am a man of many interests. By trade, I’m an Information Technology Manager for a public library. My primary passion is music and my all-time favorite band is KISS. I’m so much into music that I play in a band and an acoustic act, I’m co-host of a music podcast called Ages of Rock, and I’m a DJ on an Internet Radio Station called Metal World Radio. I’ve written some of my own songs and some day, I’ll get around to recording them.

When I’m not podcasting or playing music, I’m either busy with my sound company, AVL Event Services, fishing with friends, or I’m spending time with my family.

If you’re wondering why my website is called Big Al and Friends, it’s because whenever I get the urge to record a song or play a show, I invite my musical friends to join me.

Thanks for visiting!

—Allen “Big Al” Tate