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Wednesday, December 04 2019
Christmas music doesn't have to be old, stale and boring. Here's a random sample of my personal Holiday favorites

The Ramones: Merry Christmas, I  Don't Want To  Fight Tonight.
The Children were nestled all snug in their beds with visions of Joey Ramone dancing in their heads.  Who hasn't wanted to serenade a loved one with this song a time or two?

 The Cory Band: Stop The Cavalry. This bouncy little number peaked at #3 on the UK singles charts but was relatively unknown in the United States until a little radio station in Seattle started playing it in the late 80's

Sarah Taylor & Bill Mumy: Presents For Santa.  Singer Sarah Taylor joins forces with the kid from Lost In Space for a sexy little tune for the naughty elf in all us.

Robert Earl Keen: Merry Xmas From The Family,  Keen calls the song the "The Rocky Horror of Christmas songs" saying that whether singing before a group of 1000 or 6000 the entire audience sings along. And in particular shouts out the line, "Mix  Bloody Marys' cause we all want one".

Louis Armstrong: Zat You Santa Clause?  Originally recorded by Louis Armstrong with the Commanders in 1953. Covered  by  Garth Brooks, Buster Poindexter and Brian Setzer

Greg Lake: I Believe In Father Christmas: Greg Lake's (King Crimson, Emerson Lake And Palmer) only solo hit (from 1975)

The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Dig That Crazy Santa Clause. Brian Setzer's cover of an old Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers tune.

The Ronettes: Sleigh Ride. A classic from 1963. Produced by Phil Spector

Bing Crosby & David Bowie: Little Drummer Boy.  A Perennial Favorite just for its shear weirdness. One of the strangest duets in music history. Rumor has it Bowie did the show because his mother was a huge Bing Crosby fan

Darlene Love : All Alone On Christmas :  A song written by "Little Steven"  Van Zant, performed by Darlene Love & the E Street Band...Need I say more?

AC/DC: Mistress For Christmas. Hey kids, next time your grandparents ask you to play a "Nice" Xmas tune crank this one up


And let's not forget this festive Holliday classic from The Kinks
The Little Stinkers, I Farted on Santa's Lap.  A personal favorite of mine

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Friday, March 06 2015

Another major band is skipping the Seattle area on its wold tour. Touring to promote the album “Songs of Innocence,” (an album they literally couldn't give away) U2 will perform 44 shows in 19 cities including San Jose, Los Angeles, Boston and New York City. The only Pacific Northwest appearance will be two sold out shows at Rogers Arena in Vancouver B.C



May 14  - Vancouver  (Rogers Arena)
May 15  - Vancouver  (Rogers Arena)
May 18  - San Jose  (SAP Center at San Jose)
May 19  - San Jose  (SAP Center at San Jose)
May 22  - Phoenix  (US Airways Center)
May 23  - Phoenix  (US Airways Center)
May 26  - Los Angeles   (Forum)
May 27  - Los Angeles   (Forum)
May 30  - Los Angeles   (Forum)      
May 31  - Los Angeles   (Forum)
June 12  - Montreal   (Bell Centre)
June 13  - Montreal   (Bell Centre)
June 24  - Chicago   (United Center)
June 25  - Chicago   (United Center)
July 6  - Toronto   (Air Canada Centre)
July 7  - Toronto   (Air Canada Centre)
July 10  - Boston   (TD Garden)
July 11  - Boston   (TD Garden)
July 18  - New York City   (Madison Square Garden)
July 19  - New York City   (Madison Square Garden)
July 22  - New York City   (Madison Square Garden)
July 23  - New York City   (Madison Square Garden) 


Sept. 4 - Turin, Italy   (Pala Alpitour)
Sept. 5 - Turin, Italy   (Pala Alpitour)
Sept. 8 - Amsterdam (Ziggo Dome)
Sept. 9 - Amsterdam (Ziggo Dome)
Sept. 16 - Stockholm, Sweden  (Globe)
Sept. 17 - Stockholm, Sweden  (Globe)
Sept. 24 - Berlin   (O2 World)
Sept. 25 - Berlin   (O2 World)
Oct. 5 - Barcelona  (Palau Sant Jordi)
Oct. 6 - Barcelona  (Palau Sant Jordi)
Oct. 13 - Antwerp, Belgium  (Sportpaleis)
Oct. 14 - Antwerp, Belgium  (Sportpaleis)
Oct. 17 - Koln, Germany   (Lanxess Arena)
Oct. 18 - Koln, Germany   (Lanxess Arena)
Oct. 25 - London  (O2)
Oct. 26 - London  (O2) 
Oct. 29 - London (O2)
Oct. 30 - London  (O2)
Nov. 6 - Glasgow  (The SSE Hydro)
Nov. 7 - Glasgow  (The SSE Hydro)
Nov. 10 - Paris  (Bercy)
Nov. 11 - Paris  (Bercy) 

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Friday, March 07 2014

Back 1994 I was sitting in a bar in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood when a long haired bearded dude asked me what I thought about the music playing on the stereo, he said it was the new Soundgarden album that hadn't been released yet. I told him I wasn't a big Soundgarden fan but the music he was playing sounded pretty cool. It was then I realized I was talking to Kim Thayil, Soundgarden's lead guitar player. My luke warm warm review of his music didn't seem to phase him a bit, in fact I think it made his day. He turned to a group of people he was hanging out with, pointed at me and said "that guy dosn't even like Soundgarden and he likes the new stuff, this album is going to be huge!

Happy anniversary Superunknown.

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Sunday, February 09 2014

On this day 50 years ago, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. At 8 o’clock on February 9th 1964, 73 million people gathered in front their TV sets to see The Beatles’ first live performance in the United States. That appearance is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion music scene.

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Wednesday, January 15 2014

I had a blast last Saturday night making my 2nd appearance as Bald Elvis at the 17th Annual Seattle Invitationals.
More than 20 Elvis tribute artists of all genders, shapes and sizes descended upon Seattle’s Experience Music Project to battle for the title of best Elvis impersonator. No I didn’t win the big competition … I didn’t even place … that’s OK, though, it was a great time!
Below is are some video clips

Link to KOMO story

Link to Seattle Times story

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Friday, December 06 2013

Last weekend some friends and I ventured to the sleepy little town of Roslyn, Washington to see our friends The Dusty 45s perform at the world famous Brick Saloon. Many of you may remember the town of Roslyn as the backdrop for the '90s TV show Northern Exposure, it's also the home of some great little shops and restaurants as well as this rockin' little bar that is alledged to be haunted. As you can see a great time was had by all. Check out the video!

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Sunday, November 17 2013

Alejandro Escovedo put on a fantastic show in front of a pact house at The Tractor Tavern in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. The set list consisted of crowd favorites, some cover tunes and new material from his latest release Big Station. Alejandro kicked off the evening by dedicating the show to the late Lou Reed and closed the show with covers of The Velvet Underground's Sweet Jane and Mot The Hoople's All The Young Dudes


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Friday, August 17 2012
 Once a year I get to sing with some of the best rock musicians in Seattle as part of Rich Evans annual birthday jam. This year the event is also a benefit for our friend Lori who suffers from Guillain Barre Syndrome. 3 great bands including the triumphant return of "Mr Creosote And The Wafer Thin Mints" . Lets see how many people we can cram into Bogart's Saturday night. See you there!

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John Nelson is a Seattle area voice actor and broadcaster with extensive experience voicing commercials, video games and corporate videos