Jul 292020

Brendan, the gamer dude who posted this video on YouTube with commentary, is really annoying me. I have never heard of Brendan and his game before in my life. Probably thinks Zack de la Rocha is a cool singer. Okay.


  14 Responses to “All-Star Jam”

  1. cherguevara

    I hear it is Geddy Lee’s birthday, so combining that with the above video you get Rush playing “Rock Band.”

    Also, I have a question: What do you think is the best CD? Say the “CD” era is defined as being between 1988-2005 (give or take) and that there is something about your favorite that worked with the CD format – the length, perhaps, or the booklet format of the artwork, etc. I don’t have an answer for this yet, but I’m thinking on it.

  2. Great question, re: “best CD of the ‘CD era’!” I’ll think about this as well.

  3. PS – It’s funny that Rush couldn’t play their own song in that game. Big Dipper bassist Steve Michener told me he failed at his own band’s song.

  4. I’m moving cherguevara’s CD question to the Main Stage. It’s too important to have get lost in an All-Star Jam. Stay tuned!

  5. Want to hear something messy, but just short of terrible? Here’s a Goats Head Soup outtake with Jimmy Page:


    Way more fascinating, if you ask me:


  6. Mr. Mod, if that is “just short of terrible” it doesn’t miss it by much.

    I’m as big a sucker as there is for expanded editions, deluxe anniversary editions, and such but this Goat’s Head Soup is way too much even for the Stones. Can the Stones fans here in RTH defend it?

  7. Something just occurred to me: Hey, remember when The Who put out a new studio album late last year? Anyone hear it? I only listened once, but was very surprisingly not awful. Perhaps most surprising of all, Pete wrote 10 or so tight, tough rock songs for Roger to bellow — no operas, nothing at all to do with Lifehouse. A very pleasant surprise that probably is already forgotten, partially due to circumstances beyond their control. But worth a stream if you’re ever inclined.

  8. I haven’t had a chance to look into this yet, but here’s an update from Friend of the Hall Martin Newell.


  9. trigmogigmo

    Oats! I have the “WHO” album CD — it was free with purchase of concert tickets. Haven’t gotten around to listening to it, but you have reminded me to give it a spin.

    By the way, the Who concert was great! It was at the Hollywood Bowl last October, a place I’d never been to. Cool venue. Probably the last chance (and first for me) to see The Who — or as I refer to them now, “Who’s Left” (my apologies). The show was an excuse for a weekend vacation excursion to L.A. Very enjoyable even with the limitations of age and dexterity. Roger acquitted himself pretty well belting out the tunes, avoiding only a few of the high notes. Pete did fine, and was full of gratitude to the fans and to Roger. Zack Starkey brought good Mooney energy. The local L.A. orchestra players were good for the Quadrophenia and Tommy selections which were plentiful, my only complaint being that their contributions muddied up Baba O’Reilly, for example. It didn’t hit me the way the raw 4-piece-plus-ARP-synth performances of the Shepperton Studios set from The Kids Are Alright (or the Who’s Next tracks) do. (In similar fashion, the last ~40 seconds of Won’t Get Fooled Again’s original guitar track is spine tingling. https://youtu.be/WjqQqWRwMVg?t=464

  10. BigSteve

    I’m guessing Pete did not try to reproduce one of the Greatest Moments in rock history — the leap and slide from Shepperton version in The Kids Are All Right.

  11. trigmogigmo

    Good call on one of the Greatest Moments. You are guessing right. I admit to feeling a bit glum at seeing Pete’s somehow, somewhat dampened mobility. Nothing dramatically noticeable about it, but something not as it was before.

  12. BigSteve

    I should have mentioned this on the day Mr Mod opened this edition of All Star Jam

    Mary Provost did not look her best
    The day the cops bust into her lonely nest
    In the cheap hotel up
    On Hollywood West
    July 29

  13. That is some classic BigSteve date awareness!

  14. In the “every cloud has a silver lining” category, even covid-19 has one. Because certainly without covid-19 we wouldn’t have a new version of “Brandy” – as classic a classic pop song as you could name – complete with the original singer and the songwriter.

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