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Tell Me Who Are You, You, You, You (you get the idea): I love Roger Daltrey. Warts and all. I’m not sure he even has any warts, but it seems we all do and he must, too. And I don’t care. Any minor downside is completely eclipsed by all the good things. Where do I start? The music. He’s part of some of he most important post-Beatles music ever made. Tommy, Who’s Next and Quadrophenia are the most potent trio of albums anywhere in the classic rock library (for me). And while Pete Townshend is the mad scientist behind those songs, Roger puts a stamp on most of them with his voice and on several occasions turns in what I find to be the epitome of a great rock and roll vocal. I will put his performance on “Lov Reign o’er Me” up against anybody else. “Getting In Tune” is another. I could go on and on but I’m late for a nap. It’s a great speaking voice, too. Go to the internet and watch any one of a thousand interviews he has done in the past couple decades. I’m a sucker for a British accent, but there’s also a twinkle in his eye and a devilish giggle. He’s a great story teller and over the years has developed a keen sense of history and perspective about The Who and music in general. A few years ago, in just a few sentences he said something about the music that struck me at my very core. I’m sorry I can’t copy & paste it here, or remember it verbatim, but the gist was that music MATTERED so much more back then. It was pretty much the only thing that was all ours. And everything connected to it mattered more than it does now. The records, the concerts, the radio stations. He was so right. Kids today will never know. He’s had another important effect on kids. Roger & Pete have done at least 100 live shows and devoted enormous energy toward their Teenage Cancer Trust, raising money to build hospitals devoted to treating those too old for a children’s hospital and too young at be ease while battling cancer amidst adults. They even have a pair of facilities here in the US. I cannot imagine a more perfect thing for them to do with their time and money. This alone makes up for a lot of warts. Even Pete’s. And he has a lot. His autobiography was simultaneously awesome and TMI. But that’s another blog for another day. Pete plays on the new Roger Daltrey solo album coming out in June. It’s mostly covers of soul or R&B songs like the kind Roger & Pete were playing and singing before Pete started writing original material. And while I have been openly critical of Roger’s signing in recent years (he’s almost 75) he sounds fine on the title track from this album, “As Long As I Have You”. It’s been a while since he could hit all the notes needed for many of songs in The Who catalog, but on something new, like this, he doesn’t have to measure up to some recording that’s been playing in my head for the past 40 years. Certainly, the passion is still there. It was also there on his recent collaboration with Wilko Johnson. Click here and see what you think of this new one. Click here for a fairly recent British late night TV interview. Click here to watch Roger talk with Dan Rather about the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Who and life in general. I think you’ll come away liking him, too.



Surprise: This is what makes a great concert memory– at least for me. I mostly remember the surprises– the stuff I wasn’t expecting to see or hear. Sometimes it was great to just see a favorite band or hear a favorite song, but an extended version, or a new solo, or a song I had never heard before often ends up staying with me much longer. Today on the radio I wondered what it must have been like to see the Eagles before their first live album came out and be caught off guard by the semi-acapella song “7 Bridges Road”.  When I saw the Eagles a few years ago at the Pinnacle Bank Arena the thing that surprised me (in a good way) was how much I thought the show benefited by them taking a “History Of” approach and going in chronological order. Hearing the stories about the songs and following the progression of the band and its music gave the whole night a different kind of a context. Have you ever attended a show where (most) everything was played in the order it was released? Rush did a sort of a reverse chronological thing during their PBA show, playing recent stuff (with Neil Peart’s huge drum kit) during the first half of the show followed by the older stuff (on a much simpler drum kit) during the 2nd half. I’ve also seem them do all of the “Moving Pictures” album up in Omaha. And there was the giant inflatable top hat & bunny rabbit in the old Civic Auditorium on the 2nd tour after the Presto album (I think). I also mentioned a Pink Floyd concert surprise. There were actually two. The first was “Great Gig In The Sky” from Dark Side Of The Moon. I was sitting halfway back, on the side, at Cyclone Stadium in Ames, completely sucked in by this passionate, high decibel, note for note recreation of another semi-acapella song that generally takes a back seat to DSOTM songs like “Time” and “Money”. I still remember the goose bumps in Ames, every time I hear that song. I’m not big on scat singing, but those women were amazing. I’m not sure I would have felt the same way if I was hearing the song for the very first time. There was something about recreating the album experience in that setting that was special for me. And then later that night David Gilmour reminded me of what a great guitar solo he gave us on the song “Comfortably Numb”. It’s not the flashiest solo, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who overlooks it when thinking of great classic rock guitar solos. But not anymore. David knocked it out of the park that night with an extended version of that solo, which was enhanced by the surprise emergence of a giant mirror ball that lifted up out of a box at the 50 yard line during the last half of the song. And the Paul McCartney surprise I mentioned? That surprise (here in Lincoln at the PBA) was more subtle. It was the fact that he went 2 hours without a swig from his water bottle, while he and his band rocked much harder than I was anticipating. Oh sure, there was “Yesterday” and “Black Bird”, but overall, he rocked and I wasn’t the only person caught a little off guard. He’s 70, and could coast through a show without being called out for it, but he doesn’t. So that was nice. Let’s face it, the first wave of the classic rockers are getting old and not all have aged gracefully (or even stayed alive). Hips and knees and voices have all grown old and not necessarily held up under close inspection, so I often go to shows with low expectations. Which makes it all the more enjoyable when I am “surprised” that they still have it.



Chin-Chillin: I admit it. Some days I’m afraid I am at turning into the Progressive Insurance box. Except he has a “vlog”.

I only have a “blog”. And it’s going to stay that way. Gotta go make some ice cubes…



Ouch: Netflix has released a trailer for a movie made by Daryl Hannah, featuring her boyfriend Neil Young, Willie Nelson and members of Neil’s band. I’m an old Neil Young fan who’s not as crazy about his more recent stuff and who is not excited about this movie. In fact, I think it looks awful. It will be available starting March 23rd. Click here to watch the trailer for yourself.



I Told You So: The Husker Men’s basketball team will have to settle for the NIT Tournament. Good luck against Mississippi State on Wednesday night. Good luck to the Husker Women in their NCAA Tournament, Saturday against Arizona State. Have you signed up for the the Eagle bracket contest? Come on. You could with the $250 drawing just for filling out a bracket.  Click here to sign up.



How Much?: Tickets went on sale Monday morning for U2 in Omaha May 19th. They are NOT cheap. Oh, there are some $41 (plus fees) tickets essentially up, behind the main stage, but most the nose bleeds to the side of the stage are $100+. Some seats at the back of he CenturyLink Center at $75. Many seats in the lower bowl seem to be mostly reserved for VIP and various fan clubs and are $400-$600. There are seats in the lower bowl, 30 rows up that are $300. Standing GA on the floor is either $114 or $400. No wonder they didn’t sell out immediately. Most (but not all) re-sellers seem to be asking for double face value. Click here to see for yourself.


My Favorite Led Zeppelin Song Is: “When The Levee Breaks”. Maybe yours is “Stairway To Heaven”. Twice I’ve seen Robert Plant cite a different song as his “favorite”. He talks about it during his hour long interview with Dan Rather on AXS-TV, which premiers Tuesday night.  The preview clip I’ve seen looks encouraging.



What Day Is It?: So far, I have tried to keep this stuff either music or sports related. This will be an exception. Actually, no. It won’t. Because it is music related. Sort of. Today’s 10@10 is some kind of chick-rock theme because today is International Women’s Day. I’m probably picking a bad day to share the thoughts I’m going to share. I should have posted this on National Pancake Day or Hug A Pot Bellied Pig Day, but I was stuck for something to blog about…so…here’s my take on “days”: ZZZzzzzzzz. Nothing could be less interesting or more superfluous than the boat load of “days” that have snuck into modern calendars. Most are dreamp up by some trade organization or business looking for free publicity, which disc jockeys all over the country seem willing to provide while looking for a way to kill a minute or two. Until somebody called Scott to ask why we hadn’t done anything for International Women’s Day, I didn’t even realize it was IWD. No offense to women. Really. After looking it up, it appears more good things have happened on this “day” than most “days”. I had no idea it been around for 100 years.  But, in general, all these “days” bore me to death. The only “days” I need to know about are days I don’t go work. Or days that the mail doesn’t get delivered. New Years DAY, President’s DAY, Memorial DAY, Independence DAY, Labor DAY, Thanksgiving DAY (and the DAY after), and Christmas DAY. Those are DAYS. I’m also willing to acknowledge Valentine’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Arbor Day and Pearl Harbor Day. I’m on the fence about St. Patrick’s Day. But if every day is a DAY. what’s the point? And don’t get me started on “months”. Low Vision Awareness Month? I guess I should be excited, because I wear glasses, but I’m not. Anybody remember “Who-Dee-Who Day”? In the end, this post has turned out to be just as irrelevant as all those “days”, so I suppose it’s a perfect fit. Sorry I don’t have a better pay off. Click here if you want to learn more about International Women’s Day. Happy IWD!



A Real Record Store Story: There was never a Tower Records store around here or around where I grew up, but they were legendary icons in the heyday of the music business. I used to peruse the 45’s at the local K-Mart with my friend Gary when we were in 5th or 6th grade back in suburban Chicago. But, as far as real record store loitering, I think that started during high school at a place called Tempo Record. Then Sights & Sounds. At Southern Illinois University there was a place called Plaza Records, and Wuxtry (which I believe is still around) and a place at the mall called the Record Bar. On trips to St. Louis I made a visit or two to a Peaches store which was akin to a small Tower store. I’m sure lots of people around here have fond memories of time spent at Twisters or Homers. Even the people making the music shopped at Tower Records. Those stores are gone and the founder just passed away Sunday night (while watching the Oscars). His passing triggered a resurgence of social posts about the recent documentary about Tower Records. Click here to watch the trailer. Click here to watch full documentary (for as long as it stays on line).



Nee-Brasketball: I just got done reading the first 2 parts of Dirk Chatelain’s profile of former Husker Basketball coach Danny Nee on the Omaha World Herald web site. Great stuff, if you were following the Huskers in the early 1990’s. I have fond memories of Danny. He was very much a friend of the Joe & Timmo show. He was not averse to stopping by the studio on his way to the office or doing the occasional phone interview. It was all a part of his hustler mentality that Dirk writes about. He also was more candid than most coaches are these days. And he wasn’t afraid to give us some good natured grief. You could tell he wasn’t from around here, but he was fun to be around. He really outdid himself when he agreed to take part in an April Fool’s Day joke and then offered to up the ante.

As best I can remember, we suggested floating a rumor that he might be considering applying for the opening at Creighton (which Dana Altman would eventually grab). He countered by reminding us that he got his master’s degree from Kansas State, and that would be a more logical place for him go. I think he was on the phone from wherever the Final Four was that year and told us (on the air) that he was on the verge of a big decision and had a special announcement he wanted to make that afternoon. Keep in mind that was after a string of 3 or 4 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and not only were some Husker fans getting tired of the one-and-done performances, Danny probably was wondering if it was time to move on. So, he says goodbye and leaves us hanging until that afternoon we get him back on the air and he does the “April Fool’s!” thing and we all have a good chuckle.

That’s Danny, his son and the winner of a “jet ski” that was a runner prize up for a car giveaway at Williamson Honda. Another Danny Nee/KTGL footnote: it turns out founding Eagle DJ Bill Barker was briefly a student manager for Danny while he was going to school at Ohio University. He claims that his primary responsibility was to make sure Danny always had enough chewing gun during practice. He also said Danny had a habit of showing up at the student radio station for his weekly coach’s show with a 6-pack in hand, that (I believe) he was willing to share. It’s not as good a story as the one Dirk tells about Danny’s trip to Chicago going to visit Carl Hayes in hopes of bringing him to Nebraska, but it will have to do. Click here to read the first installment of Dirk’s story.



In Memoriam: Did you watch the Oscars? Did you see Eddie Vedder signing a Tom Petty song while they honored these in the film industry who died during the past year? Click here for the video from Sunday night.



If I were King: I’d come up with a better venue for the state high school basketball tournaments. Football, too. I’m sure it’s the thrill of a lifetime for the players, but watching a high school football game played in front of 5,000 fans and 85,000 empty seats always looks sad to me. Same for basketball. PBA is a nice facility. But. It holds 15,000 for basketball (give or take a few). I’d rather see a high school game at the Devaney Center, now that it’s been reconfigured for smaller volleyball crowds. Or the Coliseum. Remember when volleyball games were played there? Anyone remember when Nebraska played basketball in the Coliseum? No, of course you don’t. I get it– there aren’t bars and restaurants within walking distance of Devaney. Then again, high school kids aren’t supposed to be in bars. You know what I like best about Husker and high school tournament basketball games moving to the PBA? Fewer parking conflicts for Lincoln Stars hockey games.



TV’s Timmo Highlights: Hey, why didn’t someone tell me Robert Plant was on the The Late, Late Show THURSDAY night? I didn’t see the story until Friday morning and went on the air telling people Robert was going to be on Friday night. Doh! You CAN still watch the full episode (along with Camila Marrone) on the CBS web site (S3 E75). The sofa-chat is pretty worthless, but Robert and his band do a new song in the final segment. It’s OK. The worst part is realizing that like all old people, Robert is beginning to shrink. Or so it seems.



I’ll Come Up With A Catchy Headline Later:  I’m a sucker for “behind the music”, “making of” kinds of music documentaries. Not so much the ones about rampant drug abuse and awful band break ups, but the ones that show you how the music got made. I could post all kinds of links and go on and on. So, I think I will. I love watching a musician or their producer sit down at a mixing console and deconstruct a song. It always amazes me how goofy all the separate, unfiltered parts sound, until you add the effects and mix them together. Getting from point A, where it’s just a melody or a guitar lick, to the point where it’s the song coming out of the radio is a truly magical process. “One Hand Clapping” isn’t one of my top 10 videos, but, it’s Paul McCartney and that’s worth bonus points. I’m not aware of a lot of this kind of stuff, either from the Beatles or Wings era, so I’m going to recommend this video, which was shot while Wings was rehearsing for what would become the “Band On The Run” album. It’s not even shot very well. Lots of close ups of Paul singing, but, you also get the occasional shots of the other members of the band, a few minutes of them listening to the playback or working out the details, and some bits and pieces of them talking about playing or writing the music. This is the unglamorous part of the process. More glamorous is the part depicted in the movie called “Rock Show” which showed Wings on stage during their 1975 “Wings Over America” tour. The movie was released in 1980, but remastered several years ago and I have become a big fan. Maybe it’s because this is pre-MTV stuff when we didn’t get the chance to see bands perform or even lip sync much, except on “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” or the “Midnight Special”. Wings wasn’t the greatest band in the world, but Paul had a pair of very capable guitar players and it’s fun to watch them play songs that became (or already were) such huge hits. There are plenty of songs in the 30 song lineup that I skip over, but plenty that I love re-watching. You can watch “Rock Show” on iTunes. Click here to watch “One Hand Clapping”. At least it’s free.



This One’s Only For “Yes” Fans: Really. Well, maybe that’s not true. Fans of the band “Focus” would also get a kick out of reading a review of the annual Yes-hosted prog rock cruise called “Cruise To The Edge”. However, I think it’s safe to say the odds of a “Focus” fan stumbling across this blog are pretty low. How many can there be? In fact, I’m not sure anyone is stopping by this page. But, if  you are into Yes, this review of this year’s cruise is accompanied by a photo gallery of every variation of the band, with photos of every member of Yes. If nothing else, it’s interesting to see Steve Howe go from a healthy, young guitar virtuoso to something out of a pirates of the Caribbean movie (I keed, I keed). Personally, I can’t get excited about these concert cruises. Or any cruise. But, I suppose if I was on one, I’d prefer one with a couple rock concerts, rather than a cabaret show with Tony Orlando. However, based on this review (and based on my own suspicions) it sounds like ragged performances are to be expected. I’m also not a fan of seeing bands with only a handful of original members. Although, I suppose there is something to be said  for seeing members who never played together previously. Somebody must be digging these cruises because there seem to be more of them every year. Oh, yeah. Back to “Focus”, the yodeling flute-rock, Dutch guys who had a big hit with “Hocus Pocus”. They were apparently the “sleeper champions of this cruise” and the one the year before. Personally, I don’t take that as a good sign. I can name only one other Focus song. Which I actually like. But I probably only listen to it once every 5 years. Click here to watch watch them do “House Of The King”. Click here for the cruise review and the Yes photo gallery.



Paging Dr. Watts: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is not going to put up a fight when it’s time for the band to call it quits. He just told a British newspaper that it won’t bother him when the time comes. He was never into the rock & roll celebrity thing. In fact, the 76 year old was never really into the rock & roll thing. He was a jazz guy,  who ended up in a rock & roll band. His side band is more or a swing or big band than a rock band. And sadly, for him, even the traditional jazz club scene has disappeared or morphed into something different, thanks to public smoking bans and thanks to players and their audiences get smarter about their health. He says “the Stones’ infamous days of being a hard partying band on tour is a long way away from the doting grandfathers on the road today. We are getting to that elderly period, so it’s a good thing not to. When you’re 40 and you’ve got a hangover you get up and have another drink and you’re off again. I don’t think we could do it nowadays. . . at this age. Smoking and drinking are not like they were in the ’50s. In the ’40s and ’50s every film star smoked. You’d never see a film star now drinking or smoking, it’s not fashionable, I’m glad to say. In another way it has ruined jazz clubs. . . they are totally unlike what I would consider a club.  They have become very clinical.” (Get it? Clinic. Dr. Watts? Goodnight, everybody.) Click here for more comments from Watts.



The Big, Slightly Weird Interview: AXS-TV is getting ready for a another season of Dan Rather classic rock interviews. He’ll talk with Robert Plant, Eddie Money and the remaining members of The Doors in March. In April John Mellencamp and members of Styx will sit down with Dan, who always seems a little out of his comfort zone talking with musicians, unless it’s somebody like Willie Nelson or Jerry Jeff Walker. Dan asks a lot of awkward questions, but you can sense these rock stars seem to get a kick out being interview by this journalism icon. They tend to give different answers to some of the same, tired questions they have been asked a million times before. It’s as if they realize Dan doesn’t really understand their music, so they take the time to explain things differently. Dan’s come a long way from the rice paddies of Vietnam. Click here to see this season’s line up, and watch clips of past and future shows. Click here to watch full episodes from last year with Steven Van Zandt, the Doobie Brothers and Geddy Lee. You can also watch episodes on iTunes for $2. Speaking of Dan Rather. Did you know he was active on Facebook? Not bad for an old coot.



How ‘Bout That One Hawkeye: When was the last time both the Husker basketball teams were top 4 seeds at their respective conference tournaments? As we sit around and wait to see what happens in NYC & Indy, let’s do the Nebraska Nice thing and give a little love to Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon, who had a chance to break the school record for consecutive free throws on Sunday, but intentionally missed number 35.  He said he didn’t want to take the record away from Chris Street, who is the Brook Berringer of the University of Iowa. Chris died in a car accident during the 1992-1993 season. The program recently paid tribute to him on the 25th anniversary of his death. The team MVP award has his name on it. His parents were at the game where Bohannon bricked the potential record breaker. Click here to read more about Bohannon, Street and how Street’s parents felt about what Bohannon did. Even Husker fan can cheer for this guy…until he plays Nebraska.



Sweeping & Weeping: Randy Bachman from BTO is getting ready to release a George Harrison tribute album. Bet you didn’t see that one coming, did you? It’s called “By George – By Bachman. It’s mostly covers of songs Harrison wrote for the Beatles or himself, plus a new song from Bachman. One of the songs on the album is “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, which was always a great song, but it became even more apparent how great it was after his death when others started covering the song. Most notable was probably Prince’s contribution to the all star jam version at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, when George was inducted as a solo artist. It was a performance that many rockers take a new look at Prince.  Eric Clapton was in the spotlight for a fabulous all star version at the Concert For George show a year after his death. Carlos Santana also has a terrific version with help from Yo Yo Ma and India Arie. Peter Frampton did a terrific studio version on an album called “Now” and since then had ended his live shows with an even better version. (You can find both by clicking on Peter’s name.) In fact, one of my all time favorite concert memories was several years ago up at Stir Cove, watching Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick and Larry Carlton joining Peter for that song. Somehow George came up with a song that just naturally lends itself to an incredible solos. Click here for lots more details on the new Randy Bachman album.



Snowflake Golfers: Seems like most golfers wouldn’t be able to hack it in other sports. You know, the ones where fans can say whatever they want. Click here to see Justin Thomas having a fan ejected from the Honda Classic.



Kids: Schools threats are popping up all over the country. Lincoln is no exception. This week there were reports of threats involving Lincoln Northeast and Southeast high schools. Luckily there were other kids willing to tell someone about what they saw or heard and a 16 year old believed to be behind the threat at Northeast was taken into custody. Click here to watch Lincoln Police Chief Bliemeister talk about the situation. Click here to read the post from the Northeast Facebook account. Luckily, nothing actually happened at Northeast. There was also an Instagram threat involving Southeast, which was traced back to a fake account allegedly created by the same 15 year old who REPORTED that threat. Those who spoke up are to be commended. As are the kids at Southeast (and probably other schools) who are trying to do something to lift the spirits of the of the kids at the high school in Florida where 17 people died last week. Click here to see a 10/11 News story about what they did at Southeast. KP!



We Can Make It Hap: As someone who grew up in suburban Chicago in the early/mid 70’s the band Chicago was a big part of the soundtrack of my life. So, I really enjoyed the new documentary on Terry Kath that has now shown up on AXS (and other streamers). I realize that outside Chicago they were less revered and the ballads may have tarnished their legacy, but they had a lot of fans, including many peers. Joe Walsh is among those featured in the doc. The Terry Kath Experience was made by his daughter but seems even handed and includes appearances by every member of the band. It’s also cool to see Terry on stage wearing a Bobby Hull jersey. Who knew his widow was later married to Keifer Southerland? Or that at the time of his death he was working on a solo project tentatively called “Cook County” (where Chicago is located)? AXS-TV will show it again Sunday afternoon February 25th. Click here to watch the trailer.



Congrats To The Lamoureux Sisters: One tied the game late in the 3rd period. The other scored the shootout goal that effectively gave the US Women’s Hockey Team the gold medal in last night’s match versus Canada. Their brother, Philippe, was a goalie for the Lincoln Stars. He’s currently playing (well) for a pro team in Vienna. Click here for more details. Click here for all the game highlights. Click here to read a Sports Illustrated feature on the family.



Now We’re Rockin’: I guess figure skaters can now skate to music with lyrics and some are skating to classic rock songs at the Olympics. Had I known this, I might have actually watched some of them. Maybe. Click here to watch a chick from Hungary skating to AC/DC. Click here to watch a dude from Australia skating to Pink Floyd. Not sure if they used this soundtrack at the Olympics, but here is a Canadian couple skating to a medley of Rolling Stones, Eagles and Santana.



I Think He’s Kidding: Todd Rundgren & Utopia are reuniting for a tour that (mostly) Todd, and the rest of the band talk about in this video. After the comedic moment at the end of the video, you might want to rewind to the beginning if you are any kind of a Todd Rundgren fan.



Leave It To The Russians: Have you heard about the doping controversy at the Olympics? A Russian curler (sorry, Olympic Athlete from Russia) has tested positive for a banned substance and stands to lose his mixed doubles bronze medal. This sport is only marginally interesting me, but if these people are on the juice (or some heart medicine that increases blood flow), I’m out. Actually, there’s very little at the Winter Olympics that can hold my attention for more than 3 minutes, performance enhancing drugs or not. Ironically, the first positive test of the games involved a Japanese speed skater taking a prescription drug I used to take…until I realized it was causing kidney stones. Turns out it is sometimes used to mask the presence of other, banned drugs. I was taking it because I was having migraine headaches. Luckily there are other drugs out there that can also get rid of the migraines. Good news if I ever need to pass a drug test. Click here for the rest of curling story.



What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Early this morning when I put together my collection of leftovers for lunch, I failed to put cheese on my broccoli. So now I am forced to eat plain broccoli. With no cheese. Who does that? I may have to make a trip to the station junk food snack machine to make up for it.



Not So Wonderful Tonight: Finally finished watching “Life In 12 Bars” about Eric Clapton. Wow, was that depressing. There’s a happy ending, because he’s sober and has a fairly normal life with his wife and 2 young kids, as well as a good relationship with his adult daughter from a previous relationship. But everything else is a train wreck starting with being abandoned by his birth mother, then spurned by her again at age 9, and humiliated by her as a teenager. I knew about the drugs & alcohol and stealing his  best friend’s wife, but the depth of his personal problems and their impact on his music was startling. I might have missed something, but I don’t think the doc even mentions that he eventually DID marry George Harrison’s wife. He shares loads of photos and home movies from his childhood as well as examples of his comic book inspired artwork. And there’s a lot of Yardbirds and Cream stuff we’ve never seen before. After that stage, there is less about his music and more about his personal struggles. He and Pete Townshend have a lot of similarly depressing stories. There’s also plenty of time devoted to the death of Eric’s young son, Connor, before breezing through the last 2 decades of his life. The whole thing is bookended with Eric’s connection to B.B. King. Eric does a good job of explaining his connection and fascination with the blues and fills in a lot of missing pieces we never knew. But don’t expect t come away with a smile on your face. Click here for Rolling Stone magazine’s take on the documentary, which just starting showing on Showtime.



Put A Woman In Charge: Here’s an interesting concept– big companies tend to prefer a female CEO when that company is in crisis mode. Click here for the rest of the story.


Uh, oh.: The USA Men lost their first game at the Winter Olympics…to Slovenia. Click here for the sad story.



I Heard The News Today, Oh Boy:  My daughter wanted to watch Shaun White do his Olympic snowboarding thing last night. So, we switched over from a “Murder She Wrote” rerun I was watching to the NBC Olympic coverage just in time to see Shaun do his thing. Because I was too lazy to reach for the remote so I could switch the channel back, we keep watching the Olympic coverage and saw them switch to figure skating, where they showed what they said was a poignant moment involving a pair of North Korean figure skaters taking the ice in South Korea. I was more struck by the fact the North Koreans were skating to a Jeff Beck recording of “A Day In The Life” by The Beatles. Click here to see/hear what I’m talking about.



Let The Games Begin:  I’m a long time Lincoln Stars season ticket holder. Therefore, I will be rooting for the Norwegian Olympic hockey team. Oh, sure, I want the USA to win, but I want to see at least one Norwegian player to do well. Ludvig Hoff is a former Star, currently on leave from the University of North Dakota team so he can play for his native country in South Korea. Click here to read more about Ludvig’s excellent adventure to PyeongChang. (P.S. After being a scratch for the first two games, Ludvig played in the next 3, logging about 10-12 minutes per game with 2 penalties and 6 shots on goal).



He Was Such A Cute Boy: Showtime has started showing the new Eric Clapton documentary called “Life In 12 Bars”. Eric cooperated with the producers and lent them all kinds of materials from his personal archive. I’m only partly throught it, but it’s been great so far. Click here to watch the trailer and get more info.




Bob Seger

Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin

Van Morrison

Michael McDonald from the Doobie Bros

Ringo Starr & Paul McCartney

Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones

Rusty Young from Poco

Neil Young

John Mellencamp (acoustic)

Buckingham & McVie

Stevie Nicks

Cheap Trick

Deep Purple

Night Ranger

Ray Davies

John Mellencamp (electric)

Santana & Isley Bros