Posts from January 2013


Out today Fleetwood Mac's expanded and deluxe versions of their 1977 blockbuster Rumours album. The set, which comes just short of the 36th anniversary of the album's release, will be issued in an "Expanded Edition" featuring the original album, the Stevie Nicks-written B-Side "Silver Springs," a live collection of tracks from 1977, and a full disc of session outtakes. The "Deluxe Edition" tags on a second disc of outtakes, a remastered vinyl version of the album, and a new documentary focusing on the album's recording sessions, titled, The Rosebud Film.

Lindsey Buckingham admits that well over 35 years after splitting as lovers, the joy and pain of his years with Stevie Nicks still rears its head in the context of Fleetwood Mac's live shows, telling Mojo, "Touring with an ex is not a problem. But I think there are still parts of mine and Stevie's relationship that are unresolved and it will be interesting to revisit that on this next tour. I know that what makes Rumours so attractive to people is the fact that we're making this music while all our hearts were breaking."

Despite the sales and accolades, Buckingham actually prefers Rumours' predecessor, Buckingham and Nicks' debut with the band, 1975's Fleetwood Mac album: "I actually think Fleetwood Mac is a better-recorded album. But we always knew that Rumours was good, and expected a certain outcome. I don't think anyone could have predicted the Michael Jackson world we'd find ourselves in."
Lindsey Buckingham told us that fans tend to over-romanticize what a horrendous period the recording of Rumours was for the members of Fleetwood Mac: ["If there was one worst thing it was probably just it was difficult for all four of us as two couples to have broken up to be alienated -- probably not to have gotten anything close to closure -- and to still have to kind of move forward. And to do that you kind of had to compartmentalize your emotions a little bit. You had to seal one thing off here and get on with it there. It was kind of an exercise in denial.
Fleetwood Mac will kick off its 48-date North American tour on April 4th at Columbus, Ohio's Nationwide Arena.
The tracklisting to Fleetwood Mac's "Deluxe Edition" of Rumours:

 Disc One: Rumours
"Second Hand News"
"Never Going Back Again"
"Don't Stop"
"Go Your Own Way"
"The Chain"
"You Make Loving Fun"
"I Don't Want To Know"
"Oh Daddy"
"Gold Dust Woman"
"Silver Springs" - B-side

Disc Two: Live, 1977 Rumours World Tour
"Monday Morning"
"Don't Stop"
"The Chain"
"Oh Daddy"
"Never Going Back Again"
"Gold Dust Woman"
"World Turning"
"Go Your Own Way"

Disc Three: More from the Recording Sessions
"Second Hand News" (Early Take)
"Dreams" (Take 2)
"Never Going Back Again" (Acoustic Duet)
"Go Your Own Way" (Early Take)
"Songbird" (Demo)
"Songbird" (Instrumental, Take 10)
"I Don't Want To Know" (Early Take)
"Keep Me There" (Instrumental)
"The Chain" (Demo)
"Keep Me There" (With Vocal)
"Gold Dust Woman" (Early Take)
"Oh Daddy" (Early Take)
"Silver Springs" (Early Take)
"Planets Of The Universe" (Demo)
"Doesn't Anything Last" (Acoustic Duet)
"Never Going Back Again" (Instrumental)

Disc Four: 2004 Reissue Roughs & Outtakes
"Second Hand News"
"Brushes (Never Going Back Again)"
"Don't Stop"
"Go Your Own Way"
"Silver Springs"
"You Make Loving Fun"
"Gold Dust Woman #1"
"Oh Daddy"
"Think About It"
Early Demos:
"Never Going Back Again"
"Planets Of The Universe"
"Butter Cookie (Keep Me There)"
"Gold Dust Woman"
"Doesn't Anything Last"
Jam Sessions:
"Mic The Screecher"
"For Duster (The Blues)"

Rumours topped the Billboard 200 album chart for 31 non-consecutive weeks and won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
The album, which currently has sales of 40 million units worldwide, spawned four Top Ten hits -- "Go Your Own Way" (#10), "Don't Stop" (#3), "Dreams" (#1), and "You Make Loving Fun" (#9).

Out now is Making Rumours: The Inside Story Of The Classic Fleetwood Mac Album, by the band's legendary co-producer, Ken Calliat. Calliat, who wrote the book with co-author Steve Stiefel, tells the story behind all the 1977 album's classic tracks -- as well as the songs that were bumped from the final lineup.
Making Rumours talks about the creative process, general debauchery, and romantic breakdowns which took place during the 1976 recording sessions between Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, John and Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood and wife Jenny Boyd.
In addition to Rumours, Calliat went on to co-produce Fleetwood Mac's Tusk, Fleetwood Mac Live, and Mirage albums -- along with their career-spanning box set, The Chain. He currently serves as executive producer to his daughter, current hit-maker, Colbie Calliat.

CHECK IT OUT: Fleetwood Mac in 1977 performing "Never Going Back Again" live in Japan:

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Guns filmed one of the shows during their recent 12-show residency last November at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas and will release it at some point in 2013. The disc will be the band's first concert DVD in more than 20 years.

The DVD was filmed on November 21st and while the final set list for the 3D release has yet to be determined, the show that night was more than three hours long and included 26 songs spanning the entire range of Guns' history and lineups. Tracks that could appear include "Chinese Democracy," "Welcome To The Jungle," "Mr. Brownstone," "Estranged," "You Could Be Mine" and more.

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A Party to End ALL Parties!!

Well January is already half over, and it has taken this long to be able to publish pictures from the annual Wilson New Years Eve party.  This time, more than in any previous event, required a lot more work on the legal front before certain images could be published.  Parole officers, attorneys, former spouses, etc all had to review and approve the process.

Anyway, we all gathered and spent quality time with the extended family.  Each year there are always new faces, as well as those faces (and body parts) that look new due to the occasional tweak.

All the shots, along with narrative are on my Facebook page.
Here is the link to the photo album,
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15 Ways To Annoy Your Boss

1.      Arrive late, coffee in hand. If you waltz into the office 20 minutes late, clutching a Starbucks cup, chances are it's not going to be well-received. If you're running short on time, skip the coffee shop and head to the office coffeemaker instead.
2.      Dress inappropriately. Your boss doesn't want to feel like your parent, so she won't be thrilled if she has to regularly address your workwear. Keep things professional and remember to err on the conservative side.
3.      Regularly bring up your accomplishments. Patting your own back is fine every once in a while, but high-fiving yourself for every little victory is sure to frustrate both your co-workers and your boss. Save the boasting for your year-end review and always note your successes with a purpose — as in, say, while negotiating salary.
4.      Say you'll "try" instead of you "will." When you're asked to finish something that means you're expected to finish it. Form your responses carefully, as even small tweaks can have a huge effect. Instead of saying, "I'll try to get to that," nod and assure your boss by saying, "No problem, I will get to that as soon as I've finished this."
5.      Ask personal questions. Your boss will offer personal information as she sees fit, so refrain from asking anything too intimate. Small talk is fine, of course, but remember to maintain professional boundaries during conversation.
6.      Tattle on other employees. Most information finds its way through the grapevine, so chances are your boss will find out about any significant scandals from someone else. Nobody likes the office tattler — and telling your boss someone else's secrets would say more about your character than theirs, anyway.

7.      Reply to all her tweets. You may be Facebook friends, but that doesn't mean you need to "like" every status or comment on every one of her pictures. Keep the interactions minimal so that you don't aggravate her with hourly notifications that say you've commented on five more of her Instagram photos.
8.      Have a messy desk. Most bosses don't demand that your space be crystal clear, but they definitely don't expect it to be a mountain of loose paper, either. Maintain a neat desk to reflect a sense of responsibility and authority.
9.      Complain about the copy machine. The fax machine is beeping, the Internet is slow, and, frankly, the water cooler is a bit too warm. Your boss doesn't care, since she has much bigger things to worry about. Get in touch with the appropriate departments or try to fix the problems yourself.
10.    Steal office supplies. Just because there's a closet full of printer paper doesn't mean you should stuff your purse with a packet or two. You'll lose your boss's trust if you snag supplies from the office — stealing is stealing, and she won't promote an employee who's known for taking things from the company.
11.    Ignore phone calls and emails. If you regularly let your voicemail and email inboxes pile up, guess who's going to hear about it? Your boss. When you fail to respond, people will be forced to get a hold of her, and they definitely won't have anything nice to say about you.
12.    Offer to help with anything and everything. There's helpful, and then there's overbearing. Volunteer to support her when appropriate, but don't overdo it or you'll risk coming off as a brownnoser.
13.    Make fun of her bad habits. The first time you teased her for skipping breakfast, she laughed. The 15th time, though, it may not be so funny. Be kind and keep sarcasm to a minimum so that you avoid accidentally offending her.

14.    Ask for a raise before doing your research. It's smart to know your worth and ask for the appropriate pay, but only if you're backing up claims with real data. Keep a folder marked "Review" and file away any positive feedback throughout the year so that when the opportunity arises, you're prepared to intelligently discuss a pay raise.
15.    Be all business, all the time. You're human, and so is she. Don't be a robot who shows up to the office, works, then leaves. Engage in conversation, make jokes, and don't be afraid to laugh. Fun has a place in the workplace, so allow yourself the space to enjoy your job and let your personality shine through.


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Rocking the Geezers!!!

Am I the only one bothered by the fact that Sylvester Stallone AND Arnold Shwarzenegger have movies coming out at the same time. 

Both are action movies while both are...well.....beyond that age where jumpng from moving cars is a bit much to believe.

Maybe the fact that someone bankrolled films with these guys are truly signs the world is coming to an end.    LOL


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Time to Thin the Herd

Its been a while since we did a "Thin the Herd" segment because , well, I've been trying to be a nicer, more tolerant person this year.  It's January 15 and time to say "F" that !
Over the weekend I was treated to an episode of "The Shahs of Sunset",  I used to think the Kardashians were a waste of skin, and they are...BUT this group on the Shahs is the biggest collection of gas bags I have ever seen.

Here is an example....


Then you have this rump ranger that runs around the entire episode talking about how hot HE is and how he basically wants to be a woman.  

This atrocious piece of crap is a production  from the fertile mind of Ryan Seacrest.  The same guy that brought us all those Kardashian chicks with big butts, no talent, and whose first names all start with K. I admire his work ethic...but his taste in programming leaves a lot to be desired.

So with that in mind...time to round em up....and thin the herd!  Clean up the gene pool by removing examples of the weak and disgusting.  Lets start with the Kardashians and the Shahs...and we may as well throw in Seacrest for good measure.

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Day 4 - Going thru the Earbud List

Decades ago I used to close each prgram with this cut from The Average White Band.
The words say it all.  The beat is perfect for an easy ride......

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Fireworks In Reverse

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Day 3 of the Earbud List

One foot on the brake ...and one on the gas......hey!!!

Another example of whats banging on the phones as I ride....

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More from the Earbuds

Continuing with "The Earbud Playlist".

Once you crank up a Harley and find an open stretch of road NOTHING sounds / feel better than a little AC/DC with what I call the best they've ever done.  Its a Long Way to the Top!

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