Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Catch of the Year ??

I still can't get over this catch from Weston Dressler this past weekend, this one has to be catch of the year.



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So among my travels the past couple weeks here in Calgary, I came across a pickup truck with anti-riders garb all over it, this guy is a real piece of work, check out the pics.  Sorry if you can't make it out, it's tough to drive and snap pics at the same time, Oprah would be disappointed in me right now.

Here is a back view of the truck, gotta love people that litter their vehicle's with bumper stickers.


Written in the dirt and grime on this guy's truck is 'Riders Swallow'.  His wife must have written that.


This has nothing to do with the Riders, but right underneath the F-150 logo is a '3 Time Deerfoot 500 Champion' 

Deerfoot 500 ??  Really, you thought of this yourself ?


Better view of the 'Riders Swallow'


My fav, a rider logo with a red X through it, and it says 'The 13th man, Karma is a bitch'
Now, I saw this truck about 2 weeks ago, I wonder what this person has done since we beat the stamps last week....



I am out !!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday Morning Metal

According to The Pulse of Radio, Bret Michaels' health woes are not over yet. The rocker/reality star will undergo heart surgery in January to repair a hole in his heart — a condition he's had since birth, but only recently discovered.




His rep said, "Is he 100 percent? No, but he's in good spirits, he's having fun on the road, he loves his fans and has always said music heals him. He said that there are times when, of course, he worries but he has great people around him and he's very cautious."



The hole was discovered after Michaels suffered a stroke several months ago — which came on the heels of a brain hemorrhage. He's since made a remarkable recovery and returned to touring.



His rep added, "Maybe sometimes he gets a little tired easier and on occasion he'll get a headache, but that's when he knows it's time to rest. He'll rest up, have surgery, take some time off, hopefully take a family vacation and get back on the road touring and promoting his upcoming book."
 
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In November, BearManor Media will release "What the Hell Was I Thinking?!! Confessions of the World's Most Controversial Sex Symbol", written by Jasmin St. Claire with biographer Jake Brown (whose recent releases include authorized books with HEART and MOTÖRHEAD).




Shot with famed rock photographer Robin Perine (whose prior credits include photo shoots with Slash, Marilyn Manson, and GWAR, among many other fashion, film and music clients), the "What the Hell Was I Thinking?!! Confessions of the World's Most Controversial Sex Symbol" cover proves as provocative as the contents of the memoir itself, which will include never-before-revealed details about Jasmin's legendary "World's Greatest Gang Bang" heyday as one of the world's biggest adult film stars throughout the latter half of the 1990s when Howard Stern counted her as among his highest-rated guests, and an exclusive interview with Ron Jeremy; her retirement in 2000 and reinvention as wrestling's first independent league owner of the controversial 3PW, which in its heyday took over ECW's territory, dominating the East Coast wrestling scene; as well as her more recent transition into a "spokeswoman" for the death metal music scene as host of the popular "Metal's Dark Side" DVD series, VJ for Brazil's heavy metal TV program "Stay Heavy", host of the "Metal Scene T.V. Show", journalist for Rock Brigade and Hard Rocker magazines, and model for B.C. Rich and Coffin Case. Metal stars, including legendary MOTÖRHEAD bassist/vocalist Lemmy Kilmister, CANNIBAL CORPSE frontman George Fisher and others, were also interviewed for the book.



BearManor Media previously released the widely-acclaimed "John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches".






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Revolver magazine recently conducted an interview with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.




Revolver: Why didn't you play in the Big Four jam on "Am I Evil" at the end?



Kerry: There's a damn good reason. It isn't too long an explanation. [MEGADETH's Dave] Mustaine came to me that day and [METALLICA's] James [Hetfield] came to me that day saying, "Hey, it would be really cool if you played." I knew Jeff [Hanneman, SLAYER guitarist] wouldn't do it, and I knew Tom [Araya, SLAYER bassist/vocalist] wouldn't do it. And I also knew after we played that neither one of them would edit our video that was going to cinemas in a couple hours, so I told James and Mustaine both, "Listen, man. I've gotta edit our video before I can even think about playing with you guys." So the entire time of the set change between SLAYER and METALLICA, I was editing that video. I came running to the tuning room after I got done picking the songs, and they were already onstage. And to make it an even better story, I found out at 1 a.m. the night prior, so I really had no chance to work on that stuff or anything. So I wanted to; it just couldn't happen. I've got a lot of flack for that but yeah, that's the story.



Revolver: You've mentioned the "Big Four" a few times, what is your relationship with METALLICA like these days?



Kerry: It's better than it's ever been. Not that we had any beefs with each other. Oddly enough we just completely ran in different circles. I went into this tour not really thinking METALLICA were my friends. I've known [METALLICA bassist Robert] Trujillo since [he was in] SUICIDAL [TENDENCIES], and I speak to Lars [Ulrich, METALLICA drummer] off and on, historically, but leaving this tour I feel like they're all my friends. I feel bad I didn't get to play "Am I Evil?" but I had a good time. When time allowed, I would go into Lars' world — you know, the little section right behind where he plays — and me and Dave would be back there watching the show. I got to see it there three nights out of the six or seven, and it was just fun.



Revolver: Have you talked about the possibility of doing it in the U.S.?



Kerry: Every chance I get. [Laughs]



Revolver: Were METALLICA originally supposed to be on the upcoming shows with MEGADETH and ANTHRAX?



Kerry: When ANTHRAX got brought up for the second leg, I'm like, "I'm into it." I said, "I just don't want it to have any adverse effects on the Big Four coming here." I was assured it wouldn't, so we'll see how that goes.



Revolver: You're playing "Seasons in the Abyss" on the Jägermeister tour, and last time you did that tour, you played "Reign in Blood". Why won't you be playing "South of Heaven" in your classic album tours?



Kerry: Well, that's definitely my least favorite of the three. One of those songs on there, "Cleanse the Soul", I hate that fuckin' song. There's a PRIEST song on there ["Dissident Agressor"], which I love, but I don't think that condones redoing a record, because you have a cover, for one, and a song that I, for one, hate and I think Hanneman hates as well. I think that was one that just slipped through the fuckin' sifter. Like, whoops, shouldn't have recorded that one. [Laughs]

Read the entire interview from Revolver magazine.




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MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil has just released his 320-page hardcover autobiography, "Tattoos & Tequila: To Hell and Back with One of Rock's Most Notorious Frontmen". The book made news before it came out when it was revealed that in the memoir, Neil calls Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon the "the most evil, shittiest woman I've ever met in my life."




In a brand new interview with VH1 Radio Networks' Dave Basner, Vince explained what he meant with that line.



"I don't think that she really understood or understands — hopefully now she understands it — but what I said about her was through the eyes of a 22-year-old in 1984 and she wasn't very nice to MÖTLEY CRÜE," he said. "That's why we called it the 'No Fun Tour', had t-shirts made up with the smiley face with bullet holes in it and passed them out to everybody. That's the thing, that was my impression of her back then."



Sharon was pretty upset when she found out about what Vince wrote about her. She responded by explaining in a written statement that she was protecting Ozzy from Vince because she "didn't want [Ozzy] to end up like Razzle from HANOI ROCKS who died in a car accident because [Vince was] driving drunk, or like the two innocent people who ended up with severe brain damage and whose lives were ruined as a result of [Vince's] actions."



Neil told VH1 Radio Networks how Sharon's comments made him feel.



"When she insinuated that my car crash that killed Razzle was the reason why she tried to insulate Ozzy from me especially, she should've gotten her timeline straight because the tour was in, I think, February or March of '84, lasted two or three months at the most and the wreck happened in December of '84, so it was a good five or six months after the tour that that happened."



Ozzy himself told The Pulse of Radio that what little he remembers of the '84 tour with the CRÜE was pretty wild. "The 1984 tour was the most craziest tour, I think, I've ever done in my life," he said. "I don't remember it, but I remember I used to wake up every morning or come around thinking, 'What the fuck went on last night?' I mean, everybody keeps asking me, 'Hey, Ozzy, did you really snort a line of ants?' You know what, the answer to that is: I don't know, but it's very possible."

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Out !!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Free Fact Friday...(late edition)

Today's Daily Dump

Stop Trying So Hard !

Excessive straining usually forms thinner stool.   The act of bearing down causes contraction of the external anal sphincter (the "valve" that opens in order to allow feces to exit the rectum).  Contraction of this muscle narrows the aperture through which the stool bolus passes, thus creating your garter snake-shaped turd.  While everyone will occasionally produce these slender stools, a progressive narrowing in stool caliber over months can indicate the presence of a rectal cancer.  These pencil-thin stools are formed as the rectal mass's growth gradually narrows the colonic cavity.

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God Bless signs at football games..



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Big game today, the return of Steive Baggs !!  I hope out O-Line can contain him, it will be an interesting game today, Hamilton can look dynamite one week and crap the next.

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Was anyone else dissapointed with all the season premier's this week ?  I thought they were all rather lame

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A KISS commercial from overseas


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Remember, you could live your life without liquor, I know it would be hard, but life without girls and rock'n roll would...break my heart !!!

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Out !!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Monday Morning Metal.....continued

Sorry folks, Ang went into labour this past friday and gave birth to our son, Ryder Curtis Veale.  I was at the hospital all weekend and didn't have access to a computer.

Here is the MMM.  I will blog about my boy later.

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Byron Cooke of Australia's long-running rock station Triple M conducted an interview with METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield before the band's September 18, 2010 concert in Sydney. You can now watch the chat below.




METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently told England's Classic Rock magazine that more "Big Four" shows, featuring METALLICA along with SLAYER, ANTHRAX and MEGADETH, could happen in 2011 or 2012. Ulrich said, "The vibe on this thing is so big, we'd be stupid to ignore it. You know on your iPhone, you can move the weather maps up and down? Well, the 'Big Four' is quickly moving up to the top in terms of potential occurrences for the next couple of years."



The "Big Four" package played festivals across Europe throughout the early part of summer, with the four veteran speed metal bands sharing the stage together for the first time ever. Although there were no U.S. dates, one of the shows in Bulgaria was beamed via satellite to U.S. movie theatres.



The possible recurrence of the "Big Four" tour may put plans on hold for METALLICA to stage a massive live show next year that co-manager Peter Mensch said last March would rival PINK FLOYD's "The Wall" and would play just 10 dates.



Ulrich admitted that such a project has been on the band's minds, saying, "We have been kicking some ideas around about doing some stuff that — how shall I say it — is pretty theatrical . . . We might incorporate a lot of different ideas, instead of it being one particular thing. It would be a multitude of theatrical elements, maybe as an idea for a one-off tour or something."



Although Ulrich says that he's looking forward to taking "at least six months off" once the band completes its current tour this fall, he added, "I would champion trying to do (the 'Big Four' tour) in 2011 or 2012, obviously in England and the United States. It's just a matter of logistics."

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Kenny Herzog of Mog Music Network recently conducted an interview with DOWN/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.




Mog Music Network: In recent weeks, I've spoken with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King and MEGADETH bassist Dave Ellefson as well, and Ellefson in particular expressed this idea that MEGADETH, SLAYER, and METALLICA represent an upper echelon of contemporary metal. Do you feel like PANTERA belongs in that conversation?



Anselmo: I think he understated the whole thing. Tastes are tastes, but never in my wildest dreams would I ever play in a band that sounded like MEGADETH either. Nothin' against 'em. Junior's a good guy, but to leave PANTERA out of the upper echelon is retarded and stupid. And Kerry King, of all dudes, I'm not sure what he said, but at one point before we were even signed, he used to call me up every other week and tell me [Adopts gravelly, low voice], "Ya know what? I'm starting to think man, I might wanna join PANTERA." And this is the truth. And Kerry King was very instrumental for PANTERA. I befriended the cat way before we were signed…. Not only did Kerry King call a whole lot, he would fly in and would watch our gigs. One time in particular he called me and said, "Well, if I come in this time, I don't want to fuck around. I wanna play the gig." So sure enough, he flew in, and that entire week, we built a two-guitar-player set around Dimebag Darrell and Kerry King, and that's an epic video. I'm staring at it right now. There are thrash bands at the time that imitated SLAYER, but until Kerry King came down and him and Dimebag jammed together, and Dimebag had to actually learn a couple of SLAYER songs correctly, he didn't realize they were the Real McCoy and how fiercely they riffed. Dimebag learned a whole new respect from Kerry King.



Mog Music Network: I should clarify that in my interview with Kerry, we were really just focusing on the symbolism of he and MEGADETH touring together again. And that in my chat with Dave, he wasn't going out of his way to exclude any acts, but was more talking very specifically about a certain group of bands, and it I personally began thinking PANTERA maybe belonged in that conversation.



Anselmo: I think so, too, also considering that SLAYER opened for us on our last tour, MORBID ANGEL opened for us on the last tour, we took out SEPULTURA, we absolutely lambasted MEGADETH every time we played with them. So that's fine. You can put those down in quotes . . . I'm not swiping at Junior or Kerry. Definitely not Kerry. Not saying we've always had the greatest relationship with MEGADETH. It's hot and cold. One second, Dave Mustaine can be ragging on ya, and the next second he can come out and say the most unbelievably nice thing in the world about you. Junior and Kerry are fortunate enough to have their key members alive to have this longevity. That's just how the cards fall, there's no blame there. But mark my words, and this is kind of empty of me to say, but if Dimebag Darrell was alive today, I would guarantee with all my heart that we would have already been back together, and then this entire talk of upper-echelon metal bands would be a moot point.



Mog Music Network: It's that same self-belief that got you guys out of the clubs to begin with, so I don't doubt it.



Anselmo: Well, it's the truth. If Dimebag was alive, we would have buried the hatchet a long time ago. I know this. And we'd be playing out today, maybe even making new music. I'm sure we would…. I think about PANTERA and Dimebag a lot, a whole lot, every day of my life, even without this 20th anniversary. If you were to ask me last year some time, I would have said, "Yep, I thought about him about 100 times today already." Every now and again, you just think, "What if?" I'm at whatever stage of grips I'm at, and those grips do change, but right now, I'm in a pretty good spot in my life. I just…. I know we did good, we really did. We did damn good.



Read the entire interview from the Mog Music Network.




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FOZZY — the band featuring WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho and STUCK MOJO mastermind Rich "The Duke" Ward — will return to Australia for the first time since 2005 in December.




Comments Jericho: "Our fans in Australia are some of the best FOZZY fans in the world and we heard your demands, so we are coming back and we are looking forward to tearing the house down with each and every one of you crazy bastards this December!"



The dates are as follows:



Dec. 02 - The Hi Fi - Melbourne, AUS

Dec. 03 - The Factory - Sydney, AUS

Dec. 05 - The Hi Fi - Brisbane, AUS



Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 24.



"Let The Madness Begin", the new video from FOZZY, can be viewed below. The clip was filmed during the group's 2010 U.K. and U.S. dates.



"Let The Madness Begin" comes off FOZZY's new album, "Chasing The Grail", which sold around 2,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 6 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.



In a recent interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com, Ward stated about "Let The Madness Begin", "[That particular track] is all about the balance between a really good, classic melody and a great, classic rock riff. That was our focus for the whole record, but I think 'Let The Madness Begin' is probably the one song on the album where I think that balance is best.



"Sometimes when you're trying to write a heavy album, you find that sometimes you'll end up compromising the melody for the riff, because obviously, the riff is so important for the drum part. On some rock albums, the vocals become the focus, and then the music takes a backseat. We tried to find that fine line where the music was important and the melody was important. We treated them as equals, and I think 'Let The Madness Begin' was that perfect balance between hard rock melodic vocals and a big metal riff."



"Chasing the Grail" was released on January 26 via Australia's Riot! Entertainment.



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So with me being at the hospital all weekend, i missed the rider game on friday night, but I did PVR it.  Of course I know how the game ended, but I was able to watch it today at home.  Man, I dislike the stamps.  I am glad we knocked them off their high horse.  They totally thought they were going to win that game, but we stole one out from underneath them, I love it.  Can't wait for the next one.

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Does anyone else eat sleeves of salted crackers all at once ?  Ray Ray ?

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I am out



Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday Morning Metal...

Is on hold for a day.  Labour day part 2 took place on the weekend, this time there was no football game.

Stay tuned...

Friday, September 17, 2010

Free Fact Fridays...

Today's Daily Dump.

Sneak Attack
The Trojan Horse of Poo
A Sneak Attach is the result of a fart that is accompanied by a liquid smear of poo.  In addition to staining your underwear, the smelly remnants of a Sneak Attach will follow you around until you perform the necessary cleaning...usually a hasty laundering in the bathroom sink.  When faced with a Sneak Attack, we recommend taking care of the cleanup immediately.  Often this may require throwing away your underwear and going commando for the rest of the day.  A refreshing shower should eliminate all remaining traces of this unwelcome surprise-both physically and emotionally.

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Rider game today.  Huge game against the stamps.  I hope we shop up tonight.  It should be a good game.  We need to get pressure on Burris, if we don't, the game is over.

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Growing Up Metal.....

So Ang and I had our first discussion about the type of music boy is going to be surrounded by. I mentioned to Ang that when she has a night with the girls, boy and I are going to chill and listen to metallica, lamb of god, gwar, and others. Ang almost swatted me with the back of her hand saying that he is NOT listening to that music, that he should be listening to soothing music.  I told her my music IS soothing.  I really don't know what she is talking about.

Who doesn't want to dress their kid up like Ace Frehley and play metal all night ?

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Thought this was quite funny.

A new golf book on the shelves.

Table of Contents:



Chapter 1 - How to Properly Line Up Your Fourth Putt


Chapter 2 - How to Hit a Nike from the Rough When You Hit a Titleist from the Tee


Chapter 3 - How to Avoid the Water When You Lie 8 in a Bunker


Chapter 4 - How to Get More Distance off the Shank


Chapter 5 - When to Give the Marshall the Finger


Chapter 6 - Using Your Shadow on the Greens to Maximize Earnings


Chapter 7 - When to Implement Handicap Management


Chapter 8 - Proper Excuses for Drinking Beer Before 9:00 a.m.


Chapter 9 - How to Rationalize a 6 Hour Round


Chapter 10 - How to Find That Ball That Everyone Else Saw Go in the Water


Chapter 11 - Why Your Spouse Doesn't Care That You Birdied the 5th...


Chapter 12 - How to Let a Foursome Play Through Your Twosome


Chapter 13 - How to Relax When You Are Hitting Three off the Tee


Chapter 14 - When to Suggest Major Swing Corrections to Your Opponent


Chapter 15 - God and the Meaning of the Birdie-to-Bogey Three Putt


Chapter 16 - When to Regrip Your Ball Retriever


Chapter 17 - Can You Purchase a Better Golf Game?


Chapter 18 - Why Male Golfers Will Pay $5.00 a Beer from the Cart Girl and Give Her a $3 Tip, but will balk at $3.50 at the 19th Hole and Stiff the Bartender..............

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And finally, to end off today's blog, I have a special treat for you, Deaner singing his only song made for the acoustic guitar.

Women is a Danger Cat.


 
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I am out !!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

hump day ramblings

Some of you may have seen this allready, but it is hilarious.  Look at the facial this chick takes.




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From the thought of "what the hell are these guys saying.." comes to clips, provided to me from urty.

Dog won't listen


 
 
 
This one is freaking hilarious.  Ray Ray, if you need security for you wedding, this is your man.
 
I want to be a Ninja.
 

 
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So the riders release Rodriguez and put Dorsey on the 9 game injured list, which in effect ends his season.  I am glad there is a little fall out over the performance the past couple weeks.

I am just wondering who will take Rodriguez's spot as the wideout, and who will replace dorsey.

I want them to activate Hugh Charles and have him start returning kicks.

Friday's game against the stamps will be interesting.

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Kyle Drabek gets his first start for the Jays tonight.  Excited to see how the kid does.  This is one of the main guys the Jays got back from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay trade.

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You have got to be kidding me.  Check out this story.

Some Jerkoff Arrested in The O.C.


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Orange County -- the area that inspired the Mischa Barton TV series (clever celebrity tie-in) -- is now the home to one of the most effed up stories we've come across all day ... hope you're not thirsty.


We just received a press release from the O.C. District Attorney ... about a man who was just arrested "after ejaculating two times into female co-worker's water bottle while at work."


According to officials, the alleged wackjob waltzed into his co-worker's office in January and flogged the dolphin into her water bottle ... which she later unsuspectingly drank. Officials claim she threw the water bottle away after feeling "sick and irritated."


Three months later, officials say the alleged victim and the suspect were both transferred to another branch ... and dude pulled the schtick all over again and the lady drank the water ... again. Only this time, when the woman felt sick ... she saved the bottle and sent it to a private lab for testing.


According to officials, the tests confirmed "that the water bottle contained semen" ... and investigators later connected the DNA to the suspect. The alleged wanker was arrested early this morning.


If convicted ... dude could go behind bars, where he might get a taste of his own medicine.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Morning Metal










The Canadian Press recently conducted an interview with John Van Sloten, the 49-year-old pop-culture pastor of the Christian Reformed congregation at New Hope Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and author of the book "The Day Metallica Came To Church: Searching For The Everywhere God In Everything".

On preaching about METALLICA in his sermon:


"Some kid asked me at church to preach METALLICA. I sort of said, 'Yeah, sure,' and told him I'd pray about it, which is how we slough people off, and then the next day someone from our church called me with METALLICA tickets.

"So my wife and I went to METALLICA and had an experience there, in a very deep communal sense that these people are all sharing a lament and a feeling of injustice about how screwed up the world is.


"That got my heart into it so I went back and read all the lyrics and as I was reading their lyrics I would have a biblical truth or a scriptural passage come at the same time."

On METALLICA's song "Creeping Death":


"METALLICA wrote that song based on the 10 plagues and the Exodus. Basically you are quoting the same episode. I saw these connections between biblical truth and Metallica as heavy metal truth. When you put them side by side it, convinced me that Metallica had to be preached."


On how METALLICA sent a camera crew to the church to film his sermon after they got word that he was preaching about the band:

"It was huge that METALLICA would be intrigued and actually want to film the service so that they could see a church preach about them. Not just in the way they thought people would preach about them but seeing them as Old Testament prophets in terms of some of the things they get angry about."


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According to The Calgary Sun, AEROSMITH and its western Canadian tour promoter have settled their legal differences in advance of the band's Calgary concert Friday night.




AEROSMITH was sued by Keystone Entertainment Inc. of Canada for $6 million over its canceled tour of the country's western provinces in August 2009.



The band was forced to scrap five shows there after singer Steven Tyler was injured in a fall during a concert in South Dakota.



Keystone's suit claimed that AEROSMITH breached its contract with the concert promoter by failing to reschedule the 2009 dates, further alleging that the company is out expenses incurred for promoting and producing the canceled gigs.



According to The Calgary Sun, a "discontinuance of action" filed last week in connection with a $6-million lawsuit launched by Keystone said the case has been settled.



"The plaintiff hereby discontinues its claim against the defendants pursuant to a settlement agreement between the parties without costs," said the document.
 
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According to RTÉ, DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott will officially launch his own beer in Dublin next week.




Down 'n' Outz, which is named after Elliott's musical side project and is described as "a pilsner style" that has "a deep, rich malt character, with generous hop bitterness," will be launched on on Wednesday, September 15 at The Porterhouse North Rock Garden in Glasnevin.



Brewed and bottled by The Porterhouse, the beer will be available in all Porterhouse bars.



Commented Elliott: "Over the years I've noticed a lot of musicians putting their names to a variety of wines etc which, as nice as a glass of red or white is, well, it's not very rock and roll is it?!



"Beer or lager seem to be the drink of choice at nearly every gig I've ever played or attended so for me it's a much cooler thing to do and having seen how The Porterhouse put quality over quantity, I'm extremely happy to get involved with Oliver [Hughes, Porterhouse MD] and his gang."



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Sonic Shocks recently conducted an interview with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and former KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Jesse Leach about TIMES OF GRACE, a brand new band that finds the duo taking a creative left turn, boldly exploring new musical terrain, while fearlessly digging deep into the recesses of their musical synergy. Watch the chat below.




The pair's collaborative energy and chemistry obviously yields quality, long-lasting results, as they worked together on KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's benchmark album, 2002's "Alive Or Just Breathing". That record has become definitive for an entire generation of American metal, with Leach's voice and uplifting lyrics serving as one of the key elements that propelled the album to "modern classic" status. Leach, who went on to sing for the more classic-rock leaning SEEMLESS and who currently sings for the metal band THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL, was always remembered fondly by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE fans, even though he left the band shortly after "Alive Or Just Breathing"'s release.



While fans will no doubt be thrilled at the concept of the duo reuniting, TIMES OF GRACE is not interested in fashioning "Alive Or Just Breathing Part II". It's an entirely new project and represents a different musical path for both Adam D. and Leach! It is an album of cleansing and catharsis for each of them, where internal demons were exorcised and set to music that's as aggressive as it is melodic. The pair is currently in the studio working on its debut, "The Hymn Of A Broken Man", which is due out November 9 through Roadrunner Records.



"In all my life. I have yet to write a record that bares my soul as much as this record does," Leach said. "Adam and I had a real spiritual connection while making this and I know that it comes through in the performances and lyrics. This record has our blood, sweat and tears flowing through it. It is painfully honest at times. In short this record is our catharsis."



Adam D. also commented on what TIMES OF GRACE means for him personally, saying, "Making this record was something completely new for me. It documents some of the most difficult-yet-spirited times of my life in the past three-and-a-half years. A lot of the music and lyrics just came out of me while going through several internal struggles, and writing these songs were the only comfort I could find. I reached out to Jesse to help sing and write these songs with me because of my respect for his musical abilities, and because of our great friendship...one that seems to not change no matter what happens in our lives. In the end, I am very proud of this record, and I feel it has helped me through some of my darkest days. I'm hoping that people will enjoy it, and also that it can maybe help others to keep the most positive mindset, even through the most trying of times."



The album begins with the percussive, almost militaristic "Strength in Numbers", which pairs layered vocal melodies with thunderously roaring drumbeats; "Fight For Life" bites with ferocity, but is balanced out by Leach's emotive vocals; while "Willing" boasts a more contemplative yet just as feral vibe.



TIMES OF GRACE isn't going back over ground that its members have already covered; they're moving forward, incorporating stunning, eye-arresting visuals alongside their music, which features rich layers of instrumentation that invite the listener to sift through.



The track listing for the album is as follows; the song titles reflect the sentiment of catharsis that is the common thread running through "The Hymn of a Broken Man".



01. Strength in Numbers

02. Fight For Life

03. Willing

04. Where The Spirit Leads Me

05. Until The End Of Days

06. Live In Love

07. In the Arms of Mercy

08. Hymn of a Broken Man

09. Hope Remains

10. The End of Eternity

11. Worlds Apart

12. Fall From Grace



"The Hymn of a Broken Man" is scheduled for release on November 9 via Roadrunner Records.


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What a disgusting football game on the weekend.  I don't mind losing to the bombers, but that was embarrassing.  Changes have to be made.  First off, cut Dorsey.  He was absolutely terrible.  I have said on here that our special teams blocking is the worst in the league, but Dorsey is terrible.

Can we get any protection for Durant ?  Holy smokes.  This guy is constantly being hit/rushed/sacked.  No wonder he has no time to hit a receiver, he has no time.  It doesn't help that Durant doesn't look-off the receiver's at all, but man.

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The first game of the LHL was last night, with our team losing 10-7.  It was good getting back out with the boys and playing some hockey.  I am glad my back is in terrible shape and cannot run more that 2 steps out there, fun times.  I scored the first 3 goals of the game, but somehow we were winning 2-1.
Got stuck on Deerfoot again last night at midnight, after floor hockey,  for an hour.  I love paving season.

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L8er SK8er !!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Free Fact Friday...

Today's Daily Dump.

Dr. Stool Says.
A Terrible Streak.
The appearance of a streak at the bottom of the toilet bowl is highly unpredictable, and there is no evidence to suggest that specific foods are responsible for lending this stool its sticky nature.  While a streak is rarely a cause for concern, thick, stick stools could indicate internal bleeding.  In this case, blood originating from the upper GI tract (i.e., the stomach) is transformed during its passage through the intestines into a thick, tarry stool that is usually jet black in color and extremely foul smelling.  A dramatic change in the color of stool (to either black or red) can ofter be the first indication of serious gastrointestinal bleeding.

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Crosby or the Crime Dog ?? (Fred McGriff for you non-baseball types)

Crosby jacks one at the Pirates batting practise, too bad he hits from the wrong side of the plate.





With the baby almost here, we keep getting merch from friends.  This latest piece was shipped to us from Pepsi Twist out in Victoria.  This one is classic.







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Is anyone sick of "The Bachelor Pad" yet ?  My God.

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Banjo Bowl goes this Sunday, Jyles vs Durant.  It would be nice for the 2 game sweep.  A lot of people (including myself), have been on Durant for his shady play and last few weeks.  I am not sticking up for the guy, but our O line has been bad.  Durant gets back in the pocket and instantly he is rushed...no wonder he is having trouble getting in a groove, let's give this guy some more protection.

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I am out !!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

labour day recap

Thought I would pipe in with my labour day banter.  The weekend started off with me playing my first round of golf of the year with my bro and pa.
Things actually didn't go near as bad as I thought.  i had some really good shots, and some terrible ones, but all in all, I was impressed with my game and had fun.
If you can believe it, I didn't lose one ball, mind you, we only played 9 holes.

This is the actual golf ball, I might frame it.




Next, mouse, urty and I drove down to Regina for the weekend's festivities.  But as tradition has it,  you can't make it to Regina without stopping at twisted sister's in Chamberlain for ice cream.  (twistted sister's used to be called King Kone, for those of you that aren't familiar with it)




Meeting up with Big D, Legend, and Winks, he headed out to the club in Regina.  The below picture deals with our KISS theme of the night, 'cold gin time again...'


So we found a regular sized chair at the end of the bar, and decided to get mouse to sit in it.





One of the reason I love going to labour day is because of the wacko costumes you see.  For instance, this bomber fan who was in a one-piece nylon covering his whole body, with gold roller skates on, sweet !!



The game wasn't our best performance, but we came out on top.  Can't wait for the banjo bowl rematch !!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Monday Morning Metal...(late edition)


-SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor says he doesn't want to make any rash statements about the band's future following the recent passing of bassist Paul Gray and is focusing, for the time being, on promoting "Audio Secrecy", the new album from his other band, STONE SOUR.




"It's kind of a gray area right now," Taylor tells in FMQB Productions' radio special, "Inside Stone Sour: Audio Secrecy". "Everybody is still feeling it. It's too soon to tell.



"I'm very conflicted about whether or not I want to do anything with SLIPKNOT, because to me, Paul was such an integral part of the band. He was the whole reason that the band was the way it was... Paul was the glue and the orchestrator behind some of the best music we ever wrote. He was the soul of the band.



"I don't want to make any statements that I'll look like a fool in retrospect, but to me, right now, it just doesn't make sense," Taylor says. "Until it does, that's the way it stays for me. That's why I've been saying it's too soon to tell... you never know."



"Inside Stone Sour: Audio Secrecy" is airing on radio stations nationwide from September 3 to September 7.



SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison, who was recently out with ROB ZOMBIE on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, told The Pulse of Radio that there have actually been talks about SLIPKNOT's future following Gray's passing. "Shawn (Crahan) just came out, the 'Clown,' he just came out to the Mayhem festival, and we sat down and we talked and we're starting to map out the game plan right now," he said. "So there is another SLIPKNOT record already kinda in the making. You know, we're getting timelines set and, you know, it's gonna be a little bit but there's definitely another record. Paul would always want us to make another record. He wouldn't want the band to stop — SLIPKNOT was his life."



Paul Gray's body was found on May 24 in a hotel room in a Des Moines, Iowa suburb. A coroner ruled that the 38-year-old musician died of an accidental overdose of morphine.

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Wow, check out Axl Rose's demands for playing a show...

According to Blic Online, GUNS N' ROSES' rider for the band's September 23 performance in Belgrade, Serbia includes singer Axl Rose's request for the his dressing room to all black and decorated with fresh roses. He has also reportedly asked to have champagne, vodka, tequila, red wine and beer available in the room.




Axl's dressing room must include dark shades while the interior furnishing has to include a bed, a sofa, a coffee table, six lamps and a rug. To break the dominant dark tones, Axl has insisted that the band's private quarters be decorated with fresh roses — 18 of red and white each.



The Blic Online report continues, "The rider precisely states what the organizers need to provide when it comes to catering, and the list includes black napkins, a blender, a juice maker, a tea kettle, paper tissues, 18 glasses for wine and champagne, 15 glasses for stiff drinks, 40 paper glasses, six cutlery sets, two bottle openers and corkscrews, as well as one large and two smaller bread knives. As for food, and especially drinks, the requirements are even more precise, with Axl demanding salt and pepper mills, olive oil, Balsamico vinegar, soy sauce, two bear-shaped tubes of honey, exact brands of white, red wine and vodka, Patron Anejo tequila and Jose Cuervo mixed cocktail drink. Moreover, the organizers will need to come up with six bottles of Lucky Budha beer and as many bottles of Grolsch and Checkvar beers. As for non-alcoholic drinks, the rider includes Red Bull, Coca-Cola, 7 Up, a carton of orange juice, as well as Pellegrino mineral water and Smart Water. In addition to fresh fruit — bananas, apples, strawberries, raspberries, water melons, mangos and grapefruits — the band will have at its disposal carrot, celery, cucumbers, various kinds of crackers, seven kinds of cheese, strawberry jam, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, white bread, while the rockers will enjoy a dinner with the menu comprising roast chicken, two portions of medium rare filet mignon, Cesar salad, four cheeseburgers and a spinach salad."

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MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx told a photographer this past weekend that it's been "hard" to see his former girlfriend, 28-year-old tattoo artist Kat Von D (born Katherine Von Drachenberg) stepping out in public with motorcycle mogul and Sandra Bullock's ex-husband Jesse James.




When asked about his love life following his split with Kat, Sixx said, "I am single and focusing on my family, which is the most important thing."



Regarding his thoughts on Kat's involvement with James, Sixx said, "Well, you know, it's hard when you were just told by someone that you dated for two and a half years that you were the love of their life. And then they move on so quickly. But, you know, there's a lesson in all this."

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Out !!!

Free Fact Friday...(late edition)

Sorry folks, I was out of town for the past 4 days and failed to update the blog.  So the next couple days will have just this previous week's daily dump and monday morning metal.


Today's Daily Dump.

D.A.D.S.
The GI Hangover
The semisolid poo you experience the morning after a big night of alcohol consumption is due to ethanol's stimulant effect on your bowels' motility: it basically "revs" up the intestines so that the contents move through more quickly.  This leave less time for your colon to absorb water, and results in a profuse, watery stool.  Occasionally, the large carbohydrate load in alcoholic beverages can overwhelm your digestive enzymes and indirectly cause diarrhea.

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More to come later on today.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Just to make sure you know the rules...

The International Council of Man-laws, Ltd.


1. Under no circumstances may two men share an umbrella.

2. It is OK for a man to cry ONLY under the following

circumstances:

(a) When a heroic dog dies to save its master.

(b) The moment Angelina Jolie starts unbuttoning her Blouse.

(c) After wrecking your boss's car.

(d) When she is using her teeth.

3. Any Man who brings a camera to a bachelor party may be legally

killed and eaten by his buddies.

4. Unless he murdered someone in your family, you must bail a

friend

out of jail within 12 hours.

5. If you've known a guy for more than 24 hours, his sister is off

limits forever unless you actually marry her.

6. Moaning about the brand of free beer in a buddy's fridge is

forbidden. However complain at will if the temperature is unsuitable.

7. No man shall ever be required to buy a birthday present for

another

man.

8. On a road trip, the strongest bladder determines pit stops, not

the

weakest.

9. When stumbling upon other guys watching a sporting event, you

may

ask the score of the game in progress, but you may never ask who's

playing.

10. You may fart in front of a woman only after you have brought

her to

climax. If you trap her head under the covers for the purpose of fart

entertainment, she's officially your girlfriend.

11. It is permissible to drink a fruity alcohol drink only when

you're

sunning on a tropical beach ... And it's delivered by a topless model

and

only when it's free.

12. Only in situations of moral and/or physical peril are you

allowed

to kick another guy in the nuts.

13. Unless you're in prison, never fight naked.

14. Friends don't let friends wear Speedos. Ever. Issue closed.

15. If a man's fly is down, that's his problem, you didn't see

anything.

16. Women who claim they 'love to watch sports' must be treated as

spies until they demonstrate knowledge of the game and the ability to

drink

as much as the other sports watchers.

17. A man in the company of a hot, suggestively dressed woman must

remain sober enough to fight.

18. Never hesitate to reach for the last beer or the last slice of

pizza, but not both, that's just greedy.

19. If you compliment a guy on his six-pack, you'd better be

talking

about his choice of beer.

20. Never join your girlfriend or wife in discussing a friend of

yours,

except if she's withholding sex pending your response.

21. Phrases that may NOT be uttered to another man while lifting

weights:

(a) Yeah, Baby, Push it!

(b) C'mon, give me one more! Harder!

(c) Another set and we can hit the showers!

22. Never talk to a man in a bathroom unless you are on equal

footing

(I.e., both urinating, both waiting in line, etc.). For all other

situations, an almost imperceptible nod is all the conversation you

need.

23. Never allow a telephone conversation with a woman to go on

longer

than you are able to have sex with her. Keep a stopwatch by the phone.

Hang

up if necessary.

24. The morning after you and a girl who was formerly 'just a

friend'

have carnal, drunken monkey sex, the fact that you're feeling weird

and

guilty is no reason for you not to nail each other again before the

discussion occurs about what a big mistake it was.

25. It is acceptable for you to drive her car. It is not acceptable

for

her to drive yours.

26. Thou shalt not buy a car in the colours of brown, pink, lime

green,

orange or sky blue.

27. The girl who replies to the question 'What do you want for

Christmas?' with 'If you loved me, you'd know what I want!' gets an

Xbox.

End of story.

28. There is no reason for guys to watch Ice Skating or Men's

Gymnastics. Ever.

29. We've all heard about people having guts or balls. But do you

really know the difference between them? In an effort to keep you

informed,

the definition of each is listed below:

'GUTS' is arriving home late after a night out with The guys, being

assaulted by your wife with a broom, And having the guts to say, 'are

you

still cleaning or are you flying somewhere?'

'BALLS' is coming home late after a night out with the guys smelling

of

perfume and beer, lipstick on your collar, slapping your wife on the

ass

and having the balls to say, 'You're next Fatty!'

We hope this clears up any confusion,

A ring-a-ding-dong-dandy

I love the clothesline from the 1st baseman.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"Sir, are you here to clean the weights" ? "No mam, I'm here to lift" !!!!

That heading describes my last 2 days at the gym.  Wimp and I stopped lifting weights at the gym starting about January of this year, and focused solely on triathlon training, (swimming, running, biking).  Not sure if it was the right decision or not, but who knows.

So I figured it was time to get back at it.  I stepped on the scale this morning and was shocked to see 206.  I haven't been over 200 pounds since Christ was a cowboy !!  I do say though, my wife being pregnant hasn't helped my will power.  When Ang asks for a McFlury, I get her one, AND myself.  If she asks for a cheeseburger, and get her one, AND myself.

I have eaten like absolute garbage, the past 6 weeks especially.  Time to get back to where I was.  I was never a physical specimen, but I also was never over 2 hundy.

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God bless Deerfoot and their paving.  Nothing like coming home from being on the road with work, and then being stuck on Deerfoot for an hour at 8pm in traffic.

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Nikolai Khabibulin got 30 days in the clink for his Drunk Driving episode.  Is this what the Oil will use to void his contract ?  I don't think they will, but they should

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I am out, have a good one !!