Weird Al Yankovic – The Awesome Live Show

Okay, let me start by saying that seeing Weird Al Yankovic is an experience that everyone should have. Not only is the man extremely talented when it comes to writing parodies, but he is a consummate showman! I saw him Wednesday night at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando and I will have to say that it was by far one of the most enjoyable live shows I have been to in a long time. The atmosphere of the venue was just fabulous. The crowd was excited but kept to their seats as they listened to Al’s classics “Fat”, “Amish Paradise” and “Smells Like Nirvana.” While not everyone knew all the words to his latest compositions like “Party in the CIA” and “TMZ” the crowd stayed pumped and excited throughout the show.

Keeping us entertained is a craft that Weird Al’s stage team has down to a science. Al had numerous costume changes during the show and while he was off stage a series of large television screens played amusing “interviews” that Al conducted with celebrities. Of course it was obvious that he was taking actual interviews and manipulating them but they were classic comedy bits that I wish I had a copy of. Starting with Eminem and including snippets from over the years with Keith Richards, Madonna, and Celine Dion, the spots were hilarious and had me rolling in the aisle. Snuck in between these mock interviews were TV and movie spots that Al had either had a cameo or was mentioned by name. One of the funniest was a clip from the TV show “’Til Death.” In it Brad Garrett’s character is talking to the wife, played by Joely Fisher and she is complaining that he had said she looked like Weird Al Yankovic from behind. Garrett’s character responds: “The man has great hair and a tiny butt, you should learn to take a compliment.” That was by far one of the funniest lines from a TV show I’d had heard and had me bursting out with laughter. What makes this even funnier is that Al has learned to take such comedic lines as a compliment and incorporates it into his show.

The costumes that Al wore were classic Yankovic fun. From the “grunge” look he wore in “Smells Like Nirvana” to the crazy lounge suit he donned in “Wanna Be Ur Lovr” each look was unique and inspired by the song itself. This was highlighted by the famous fat suit from the “Fat” video. To watch him dancing around on stage in that fat suit was the clear definition of having your cake and eating it too. And yes, that pun was intentional!

To end the show, Al’s encore consisted of “The Saga Begins” and “Yoda,” both Star Wars parodies. During the awesome rendition of  “The Saga Begins” a whole troop of Stormtroopers marched out along with Darth Vader. Watching them dance around, including the one doing the Macarena, was priceless. And the two minute speed chant that Al, Steve Jay, and Jim West participated in was concert gold. It was one of the oddest most insane things I have seen in a long time.

So, long story short. I hated the concert —NOT! Ha, it was awesome! Now if only I could join a caravan of “Weird-Heads” and follow him around on tour! That would be awesome!  (And for those of you who don’t know—that was a reference to the “Dead Heads” that used to follow the Grateful Dead around on tour. I don’t think there is anything like the “Weird Heads” in existence but I think it’s about time there was!)

BC

Hard Rock Bash

Imagine one of the sickest, coolest, most awesome block parties ever! That was the Hard Rock Bash in Orlando on Saturday night. Orange Ave was closed off and filled with music from some of the best 90s groups ever! The headliner was Collective Soul, a bad that I remember jamming out at a friend’s house once at 4AM back in 1994!

It was Collective Soul’s second album and we were having the time of our lives. And one of my fondest memories was that air guitar jam session to a band that helped to define my early twenties right along with groups like Hootie and the Blowfish and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Three of my favorite bands from the 90s. Cool thing is, I’ve seen two out of the three in concert, which is awesome in itself.

Anyway, back to the block party from this past Saturday night, October 1, 2011. For two city blocks you were surrounded by nothing by music fans and families enjoying themselves, listening to some talented people, and making life long memories.

One of the first places we went to was a nice restaurant with a gorgeous waitress. With all of the beautiful women there, I will still have to voice my opinion that she was by far the prettiest girl at the ball–or bash if you will. Of course, the very pretty girl who talked to me at the taco place comes in a close second, ha! Go Bazinga shirt!

We heard several great bands like John Frank who played a mix of rock and roll that was fresh and inviting. It was cool that we later met him on the street and the guys were able to have their picture taken with him. I also got to fist bump the lead singer from Plain Jane Automobile while we were all listening to Everclear – another great 90s band! He was weaving through the massive crowd and you could not mistake his “Elvis” hair anywhere. So that was cool!

The evening ended with Collective Soul. They started out with “Heavy” which is by far one of my favorite songs from this band. It has unmistakable guitar licks that make you want to start head banging the moment those notes hit your eardrums. It was a fantastic show! My only regret is that we had to leave before it was completely over to get someone back home before curfew. Over all, I will have to say that the evening was a great success! Another one of my great ideas I will never get the credit for, ha. Like all the other places I’ve taken people too that they enjoyed and had a good time and yet they forget that if it wasn’t for me they never would have experienced it in the first place. But, then again, I’m a place mat — only here until something better comes along.

And the chocolate Vodka was to die for too!

BC

Excited!

Woo-hoo! I cannot wait! Going to the free concert in downtown Orlando this afternoon! Some of my favorite bands from the 90s will be there. Collective Soul, Everclear, and Tonic. This is going to be a blast and I have been getting excited about this all week.

This is something new for me. In the past I never would have dreamed of going to such an event but now I can’t wait to get there. AND Wednesday night I get to see Weird Al in concert! Woot! I haven’t seen him in concert since 1996 at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana! This is going to be a great week for music and rock ‘n’ roll!  I’ll blog more about the experience when I get home!

One more time I say: Woo-Hoo!!!!!

BC

Miss My Doofas

My last real pet as a kid was a black lab named Spot. Yes, I know, that’s a weird name for a big black labrador. We had found him through a newspaper ad and for some reason the previous owners had named him Spot. Not wanting to mess with the dog’s fragile mind we let him keep his identity. So he became our Spot. He was a very good dog and I loved him very much. When he passed away when I was in high school my dad decided no more pets beyond easily disposed of gold-fish.

In 2004, I finally was able to get a new pet. An orange and white kitten I named Doofas. Why Doofas, you ask? Well, the cat kind of earned himself that name. We were moving into a new place and hadn’t put everything together yet. Someone had given us a big mirror to put in the newly rebuilt bathroom and it was sitting against the wall across from the couch. You know how rambunctious kittens can be, so here comes that cat, barely in the house a couple of days, when he runs across the back of the couch as fast as he could. Making a 90 degree turn off the arm of he couch he drove himself head first right into the mirror thinking it was the hallway. Okay, granted, a little kitten is going to do stupid funny things. And doing it just once would not have gained him such a name as Doofas. But after the second time of doing the same exact thing that was the only name that was going to stick and Doofas was his name-o.

There were many other silly things that cat did over the years that always kept me laughing at him. But he was also a cuddly little buddy and he loved being in the same room as me. When I would go to bed and close the door he’d whine and whine until I let him for a little bit. He’d lay on the bed for a little bit, get his ears scratched, and get picked on for a time and then he’d be all good for the day and whine and whine until I let him back out. That was our usual nightly routine.

When I was forced to leave my residence and wasn’t able to take my Doofas with me it made me very sad. On top of everything else making me sad at the time. I was able to see him a couple of times over the summer for a few minutes but it was never the same. Now, my estranged wife, saying that she couldn’t take care of him any longer, and me now with a roommate deathly allergic to cats, poor Doofas wound up at the humane shelter. I can only hope that he winds up with a loving family. I try not to think of alternative although I know it’s a possibility.

I love you Doofas! I know you were just a cat but you were MY cat and I will always miss my little buddy!

BC

Just a lazy day for a lazy kitty cat.

Welcome to This POV – My POV

Okay, okay, I’ll admit it right out of the gate, why should you care about my POV? I’m not a politician, I’m not a mult-millionaire businessman, and I’m certainly not a rock star. So, why should anyone care about what I have to say?

Well, truth be told, nobody really should care about what I have to say or what my point-of-view is. It’s MY point-of-view, so right there I know for a fact that a lot of people aren’t going to agree with it anyway. I know that from experience and in dealing with people over the past 40 years.

Anyway, you’re probably going to hear a lot of “negative” talk like that out of me in this blog. I’ll tell you right now that I’m going to try to use this space as a type of therapy to help myself. I suffer from terrible depression and anxiety. Not so bad that I’m on every pill on the market or that keeps me from going to work, but the type of emotional stress that has made living a real chore the past few years. The last six months have been hell in more ways than one. There are a lot of reasons why I say that and while I originally put in here exactly why I say that, a couple of edits later I think I’m more inclined to wait to talk about it later. Needless to say, I’m not doing this to hurt anyones feelings, in fact, I’m doing this to help me feel a little better by getting a few things off my chest. And boy do I have a lot of things sitting on my chest. So, if you read this and feel that I’m too “negative” I’m sorry. Live the life I’ve lived recently, have the thoughts in YOUR head that I’ve had in mine, and see if you can be all sunshine and rainbows too.

But–and that’s a big but–things aren’t always so bad, I suppose. I do have some interesting, at least to me, interests that I plan on blogging about. And I can understand if no one likes or wants to read about this stuff too. Remember, I’m really doing this for me, not anyone else. I’m only making this public in case I do happen to write a gem or two along the way.

So look for me to update this periodically. Most likely not every day because frankly, unless I’m really in the mood to rant on about something I might not even remember I have this blog.

So, with that said, I look forward to ranting on into the future.

BC