Earlier in the week I suggested that he try and score tickets to the Rock Hall Induction Ceremony as I thought he was a Rock Hall member or might have had better connections than I do. He said he would see what he could do and get back to me.
Well being that good friend that Matt is, he went this morning and waited in line at the Rock Hall and picked up a pair of tickets. One for him…one for me.
I owe him a Dr. Pepper or something…
Chances are he’ll just put them on eBay to make a profit and not tell me until I am waiting at Public Hall for him to meet me there. That is how he rolls, no… not really. He is a good guy regardless of how much he pays me to be his friend.
A big THANK YOU to you Matt. That was the best phone call I received all day.
The following was taken from RockHall.Com: On April 4, 2009, the Induction Ceremony will take place in Cleveland for the first time since 1997. The 2009 Induction Ceremony will be broadcast live on Fuse TV.
The performer inductees are: Jeff Beck
Little Anthony & the Imperials
Early Influence Category Inductee: Wanda Jackson
Sidemen Category Inductees: Bill Black
The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performer inductees were chosen by the 600 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twenty-five years after their first recording is released.
In addition to being honored at the April ceremony, each inducted artist is commemorated at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland Ohio, which serves as a monument to rock and roll’s impact on our culture. These inductees will be honored – along with previous year’s inductees and hundreds of other artists – with an exhibit and film that serve to tell the story of modern music.
I admit I have been absent from doing what I do on here for a minute but I promise to be in full force shortly. I have many CDs I am in the process of reviewing as well as requests to check out bands and such. I have a lot on my plate and I intend to do a good job cleaning it up.
I have a dilemma. This Saturday tickets go on sale for:
The dilemma is do I shell out the cash to go? I know this may be the last time I may ever get to see the duo. Decisions, decisions…
Also this is coming up:
I do not want to miss this either. I need to find a bag of money.
I am heading out for the weekend here but when I get back will be putting up some good reading material for you all. Until then have a great weekend!!!
I woke up today knowing it was going to be a good day. No I was not dreaming about being Ice Cube and yes I did not work today. I woke up this morning with a full agenda in line planned for a busy fun day.
With a few hours before we were to pick Matt up in Lakewood I decided it would be a good idea to walk my dogs to get some energy out of them while my wife went to the gym. My dogs may be little but I am certain that they would be good sled dogs as they dragged me all over my neighborhood. I did not fall once but had a ton of close calls. Gotta love snow covered sidewalks!
Getting home before my wife did I thought it would be a good idea to add some music to the iTunes and delete some that I didn’t listen to any longer. The only problem with this is that I forgot to charge my iPhone (more on that in a bit).
As soon as my wife came home we headed out to a couple of stores and then to Pulp for a healthy lunch. Pulp rules. We shared a smoothie to die for and also a very healthy tuna wrap. It was the perfect little snack.
With time flying we headed to Cleveland to pick up Matt and then cruise over to the Rock Hall. I opted out on taking my camera with me since I know you can not take pictures inside the Rock Hall but I wish I would have reconsidered as Cleveland was very photogenic today. I had my iPhone with me and was able to take a couple of pics but since I was so involved in iTunes in the morning and forgot to charge my iPhone I had a very low battery… Craptastic. I was able to take a couple of photos of our adventure but not nearly as many as I wanted to.
We entered the Rock Hall and took a few hours to admire all the memorabilia inside the unique building. I was most pumped to see the 70’s/80’s punk rock as well as the 90’s grunge/rock collection gallery. Seeing the marionettes from the Alice In Chains “I Stay Away” video was awesome as well as seeing rock art posters of some gigs I actually attended in the 90’s. I can honestly say it was a blast from the past.
One exhibit we spent some time at was the WMMS40th Anniversary Exhibit. Having listened to the Cleveland rock and roll station WMMS while growing up I got a kick out of all the memorabilia that was featured as well as the very entertaining video full of footage of the DJs from the 80’s (anyone know if it is available for purchase?). There were also abundances of fliers, t-shirts, ticket stubs, fan mail, and even a box of WMMS cereal. Yes, there are people out there who hold on to cereal boxes, right Matt?
Now I have been privileged to have been to the Rock Hall a few times in my life and then some. I mean after all I do live near Cleveland, it should be a place I hit up seeing I am a music fanatic right? I also have the pleasure of befriending some great folk. Without these friends I would never have been able to have done some of the things I have done at the Rock Hall.
I have visited the museum previously for the featured exhibits as well as had caught live shows the Rock Hall threw. I had VIP access (thanks to a wonderful friend) to the 2002 Scene Awards and hung out with Lo Fidelity Allstars outside the service entrance afterwards on a picnic table. I even caught a Q&A with Marky Ramone a few years back, that was amazing. So what happened next was unexpected as I thought I had done everything possible at the Rock Hall.
As we entered the final portion of the museum, the Marty Stuart collection (click HERE for pics courtesy of the Rock Hall) we passed the Alan Freed Studio, a Sirius Radio studio used by DJs for coast to coast broadcast. I have peered into the windows of the studio before wishing I could be in there to get a better look. While looking in the window I see out of the corner of my eye Matt waving at the DJ and the DJ waving back.
All I could think in my head was “WTF”?
Now Matt is what I like to call a very friendly guy unless it is 2am in Maryland and he is having trouble ordering a cheeseburger from Sheetz (I love you Matt, haha). The DJ walks to the door to say hi to Matt and invites us in. Looks like one of my wishes came true. Turns out that unknowingly Matt happened to be good friends with the mystery DJ.
The DJ introduced herself to my wife and I as Dusty Street, the host of Sirius Radio’s Classic Vinylradio program. Having heard that channel many times I knew of her. Now what I did not realize was that she is a pretty big deal in the radio world. She was hilarious and made my day just hanging out with her while she did her thing. I could not help but think to myself how many rock stars sat in the very same seats my wife and I sat in. We said our goodbyes and continued our tour.
After a successful visit to the Rock Hall we headed out to Lakewood to grab some good eats at Melt. Have you ever been to Melt? Well if you love bread and cheese (and beer for all you drinkers out there), Melt is one of the greatest little restaurants in the Cleveland area. Think gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. My wife ordered a grilled PB&J sandwich of sorts while I had a crab cake grilled cheese. Matt had some meat sandwich of sorts. He strives on trying something different each time. The sandwiches were huge and delicious and mine is currently still lingering in my stomach…
Our pal who I now call RADam met up with us as he works down the street from Melt. We paid our tab and ventured down the street to the sweet smelling, never crowded, Exchange (no we could not ever fire you the day after J-Day). After finding nothing we headed next door to Phoenix Coffee where we wrapped up our evening with some hot beverages. Our conversations were vulgar and classic at the same time. The barista was extremely entertaining and the idea of four friends just hanging out laughing and having a good time was the best way to enjoy life.
It was good day, hell, it was a GREAT day. No use for an A.K. and plenty of memories thanks to good times and great friends. This was the perfect way to start out 2009.
As soon as I got home I could not help myself but to watch this video:
Out of all the places I could have been born, I was born in Cleveland, OH. Some may find it difficult or depressing to grow up in a suburb of a dying steel manufacturing city but I myself consider it fortunate. I like where I am from and even though I sometimes wish to live life elsewhere I think, in fact I know, I would miss the city of Cleveland.
Realistically I am admitting that Solon was the city I was born and raised. I grew up in that city and while doing so I saw change. By the year 2000 the population doubled and Solon turned more upper class, a bracket I never fit in. Restaurants and stores were built on land that once housed the city’s first school or marshland. New schools had to be built to house all the children that were brought in to the city. It was change I did not agree with.
One change I dealt with was new neighbors. I watched the forest next to my parents property turn in to a upper class haven full of rude arrogant people I never called neighbors. How arrogant? Let’s just say one of the features of this high rolling development were man made ponds in which one of the new residents saw it as a jet ski racetrack… The successful ass also allowed his kids to destroy my folks property and would frequently dump his yard waste. I never rebelled at him as much as I wanted to but I was happy to hear he had to leave that house for breaking the law. What a jerk.
The good thing about Solon is that I had made amazing friends, many of which I still am friends with today. My neighbors growing up put up with parties my brother and I threw. Growing up was great as a kid but when I turned into a teenager and Dunkin Donuts kicked us out of their parking lot or we wanted to see a show Cleveland was just a short drive away.
Solon was a great city to grow up in. Next to a great school system, there were awesome shops including the one of most missed music shops ever, Disc Den (rip). When I was a kid that was the place to go. Mike at Disc Den ran a great shop but could not afford to move on with sales dropping due to corporately run book stores that sold music as well (yes, I worked there, but in my defense I was a barista!!!).
Important people came from Solon as well. Mike Cartellone, once the drummer of Damn Yankees and now current drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, was from Solon and he even played football with me when I was just a little tyke. There were even some pro football players born in the city including Kim Herring who was a few grades above me.
So why did I even mention I am Cleveland and where am I going with this? You might be wondering why I just told you my life story and I know it was not that good so let’s continue…
When you grow up you meet friends and lose friends, it’s a life long process. Luckily my close friends happened to like music and hanging out. As soon as I was old enough I started going to Cleveland to see shows. I can not even tell you how many shows I have been to in my life time but I can tell you most of the most memorable took place in the mid to late 90’s, right about the time when I was a raging punk rocker.
Cleveland has some great music venues. I can write all day about the shows I have seen. Bands that were nothing and are huge now I got to see as they hardly had anyone in the crowd cheering for them. Venues that have shut down or moved to the other side of town, been there.
I really don’t feel like writing about all that right now.
I want to talk about two things that recently happened to me that remind me why I like Cleveland so much:
First off…. The Cleveland Browns. I am a Brownie for life and win or lose will always support the team. I recently witnessed the Browns spank the Giants Monday Night Football style. It was a great experience. Even if almost everyone there was drunk and belligerent well before the game even started it was fun.
My brother and I got a pair of tickets so we decided to truck down early to tailgate. As we made way to the community lot we passed the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Museum. I got to see Johnny Cash‘s tour bus parked in front of the Rock Hall and after checking to see if it was unlocked (I wanted to go on a joyride) we continued to a parking lot about a mile away from the Cleveland Browns stadium.
Tailgating was a treat alone with some folk starting their partying ritual at 9:00am, almost 12 hours before kick off. By the time my brother and I met up with some friends at the community lot around 6:30pm there were people falling over drunk but smiling on the way down. Everyone was decked out in Browns attire and DJs for a day were doing their best to play requests. Food was being consumed and everytime a brave Giants fan walked past crowds of folk would stop during mid beer bong to point and call that fan an a$$h@le. It was funny to see so many people get into it. It was the first time I engaged in tailgating and it certainly will not be the last.
The game itself was even more insane. Yelling and screaming and more drinking. I can honestly say the Browns have the greatest fans ever. We sat pretty far up but it didn’t matter. All the fans around me, many season ticket holders, were great to cheer along with as the Browns beat the Giants 35 to 14.
Another reason I like Cleveland so much… Last Friday’s trip to meet Derek Hess.
I’ve already interviewed the man himself but this past Friday I had the pleasure of meeting him in person.
Along with my wonderful wife, my friends Matt and Adam joined us to a book store in Tremont, a historic neighborhood just outside of downtown Cleveland. We all went to Visible Voice Books where I get to meet Derek Hess and author Kent Smith who both came together and wrote Please God Save Us. Both gentlemen were very kind and autographed my book that Matt purchased for me (thanks pal!). Kent Smith even asked to get a photo of us all where I look like a complete retard in it (see below for proof)! Once I read the book a few times over I will be sure to post something on here about it. If you are a fan of Derek Hess and wish to venture into his politically charged art, you need this book.
After Visible Voice books we went to nearby Lakewood and had dinner at a local bar. The name escapes me at this time but we dined outside at the patio. Even though it was a tad on the chilly side there were gas powered outdoor heaters that kept us warm.
We all sat around and chatted as we ate our meals. While hanging out, I could not help but think how much I have enjoyed Cleveland all these years. It seems like there is always something to do when you you venture in the city. There is also more still to be done and I know there will be many more trips to that wonderful city.
Like I said I could talk all day about Cleveland but just not today. I am sure other folk from Cleveland can agree it is a hell of a city with a lot to offer.
This was my story, for now. Here’s some other photos I took with my crappy camera (except the 1st, that was taken w/ Kent Smith’s camera):