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In Memoriam: Tom Petty Memories, Influence and Top 10

At the age of 66, with 10 top ten singles, 3 Grammys, 3 MTV awards, 68 radio singles, and more fan favourites than we can mention, 2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Tom Petty has passed away.

As fans, thereviewsarein team is sad and feeling that thing you don’t know you’re going to feel when an artist dies – until you’re feeling it. Tom Petty was a constant. As Dave Grohl said in the fantastic documentary, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down A Dream, “Well I’ve always sort of considered them an institution. You know, they’re one of those bands that just have to be… they just have to be.” And while we won’t be able to geek out over a new tour announcement or an album of new songs that sound like classics from the moment you first hear them, Tom Petty will always be.

To explain the influence of an artist like Tom Petty is probably impossible. From rock and rollers to country stars, there are hundreds of singers and songwriters and musicians who look up to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and everything that they accomplished in their long and storied career. In that same documentary, the great Stevie Nicks explains that in 1978 she was a big fan, and that if Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had asked, she would have left Fleetwood Mac to join the band. That’s one year after the release of Rumours at the height, and still, the Tom Petty influence was that strong.

At live concerts over the years we have all heard Tom Petty covers ringing through the speakers. This year, at Boots & Hearts 2017, we heard Midland, Eli Young, and Love & Theft all play Petty songs, and I promise you that I sang along to Runnin’ Down A Dream, Learning To Fly, and Free Fallin’. Those covers aren’t going to stop. We aren’t going to hear less Tom Petty. Hell, we hope that we’re going to hear more of it. And not just because we’re going to be super nostalgic, but because we love the music and it deserves to be heard.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had their first top 40 hit in 1977 (Breakdown) and their last in 2010 (I Should Have Known It), and in between and after, they peppered the charts, and toured the world, and released 13 studio albums.

There aren’t enough words to explain the sadness that Tom Petty’s death has created. There aren’t enough words to explain the power and impact of his music. And there aren’t enough words to express our sympathy to the family, friends, and fans of Tom Petty who are feeling the loss and pain that comes with this.

No man is perfect, but the music that Tom Petty shared with the world and the legacy that he created are wonderful and beautiful and we are all better for it.

To try and share a little bit of what we loved about Tom Petty’s music, Trish ranked her top 10 tracks and we put them on a Spotify list. Hit play and turn up the volume. Sing along as they go. And leave a comment telling us which songs would be in your Tom Petty Top 10.

Tom Petty Top 10 Countdown

Like we said off the top, there are more fan favourites than we can mention. Every single one of the tracks on Trish’s top 10 is a certifiable classic hit. And so is this one.

Concrete and Gold: Foo Fighters Album Review

For the first time in almost three years, the Foo Fighters are back with a brand new full-length studio album of rock and roll.

With Concrete and Gold, Dave Grohl et al have put forth another strong argument against the “rock and roll is dead” trope that we hear all too often. And through the 11 tracks on the album we get a full taste of everything we love about the band, their music, and a reminder that after more than 20 years since Grohl recorded the band’s self-titled debut album, they remain as relevant and rocking as ever.

For more than 45 minutes, Concrete and Gold is a journey of guitar riffs, heavy drum work, melodies, screams, and more. T-Shirt, the one minute and 23 second opener reminds me of Queen… which is a new comparison to make for me with the Foos, but to me, it’s there. And from then on, it’s Foo Fighters playing like you know they can, expect them to, and enjoy every.

Fans are already familiar with the first two singles from the album, (number one single) Run, and The Sky Is A Neighborhood, and now that the album has been released, it won’t be long until friends of the Foos will be singing along to the entire tracklist, and not just those two offerings.

Note: The Sky Is A Neighborhood already has nearly 6.5 million views on YouTube after only 3 weeks. That’s impressive. Also, we really dig this Rolling Stone interview about the vid – Dave Grohl Talks Directing Kids, Neil DeGrasse Tyson Influence for New Foo Fighters Video

This record sounds big, it plays big, and it makes me (and should make all Foo Fighters fans) want to be in a big crowd to see the band play it live. It will interesting to see how the band handles things like the saxophone, choral vocals, and other studio aspects of the record when they do take it on the road (and hopefully make it back to Canada), but having seen the band play live (supporting Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace in 2008), I have no doubt that they’ll do it justice and bring it to life every night on every stage.

With all that talk about big sound, this should also be kept in mind… It can be too easy to listen to this record, or any rock record, and overlook the ability of songwriters like Dave Grohl to create a track like Happy Ever After (Zero Hour). And we shouldn’t do that. The guitars don’t ring, the drums don’t bang, and there won’t be moshing and fist pumping action like there will be from other tracks on Concrete and Gold, but this is Grohl’s Beatles influence shining through. And while I may be projecting that because we’ve all heard Grohl talk about how much he loves the British legends, again, to me it’s there.

It’s a track like that, mixed in with Run, La Dee Da, and Make It Right that completes this album and gives it depth. This is not a one-note album. Understand that going in. Enjoy the hell out of it on repeat. And leave a comment telling us your favourite track on Concrete and Gold.

Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold Tracklist

1. T-Shirt
2. Run
3. Make It Right
4. The Sky Is A Neighborhood
5. La Dee Da
6. Dirty Water
7. Arrows
8. Happy Ever After (Zero Hour)
9. Sunday Rain
10. The Line
11. Concrete And Gold

Love the Foo Fighters and want some Dave Grohl story time? Check out this animated short: Foo Fighters – The Making of Concrete and Gold

Top 10 Musical Moustaches #Movember

I love Movember. I love the coming together of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to help raise awareness and money to help dudes with physical and mental health needs.

In fact, this is the 6th year in a row that I’m growing my own moustache in support of the cause.

Movember 2015 LogoSo, to celebrate the season, and draw a little more attention to moustaches everywhere – I’ve put together a list of 10 of my favourite moustaches in music.

We’ve got a mix of genres in here and that’s because we like a mix of music.

So let’s have a look at the list and some music – and if you would like to support my Movember campaign you can click this link: mobro.co/phjoshua

10. Dave Grohl
When you think of Dave you probably think of his glorious beard – but think of the music videos the Foo Fighters have given us over the years and you’ll get some lovely moustache action. We all love Dave, so we’ll count it!

9. Rivers Cuomo
Rivers isn’t well known for his ‘stache – but he’s rocked it, and been comfortable doing so. Weezer has been part of the music I love for a long time, so he’s on the list!

8. Tim McGraw
My favourite Tim McGraw moustache is nearly 20 years old now, when a young Tim was breaking into country music and making a name for himself. His mullet/moustache combo was intense, especially with the cowboy hat thrown in.

7. Brandon Flowers
Brandon Flowers has a moustache that makes him look a little sleazy. I don’t love it. But I don’t hate it. And he’s a great performer and proud wearer of his lip sweater.

6. Jimi Hendrix
If we were judging purely on music, Jimi is higher. But we’re not. His moustache isn’t outstanding, I’ve never admired it for it’s beauty. However, it’s there and consistent and part of who he was – along with those wicked guitar skills.

5. Kix Brooks
One half of Brooks and Dunn has a moustache, and it’s enough moustache for both of them. Kix has had one hell of a career on stage and as a radio host – but he’s on this list because his moustache is a thing of beauty and often matches his hat.

4. John Oates
Such a pretty ‘stache. John Oates is best with Darly Hall, but his moustache stands on its own. Add it to his private eyes and we’re sold!

3. Alan Jackson
I love Alan Jackson, and his epic moustache. He’s had it for as long as I can remember, and I hope it lasts forever. Mr. Jackson has more hits than some baseball players. I’m happy to have him on this list.

2. Lionel Richie
In a long and storied career, Lionel Richie has done it all. And we’ve had the chance to look at his moustache while he’s done it. Welcome to #2 Mr. Richie.

1. Freddie Mercury
I’m not sure what I have to say about this one. Have a look, think about it for a minute. There you go. #1 on the list and in our hearts, Freddie Mercury.

2 years ago

Watch The Foo Fighters: Wasting Light – Live!

There is no secret that the Foo Fighters are my favourite band.

I’m seen them live. I love listening to their music and I especially love their newest record.

Now, put all of those things together and you will find yourself listening to Wasting Light live. And that’s exactly what you can do thanks to the video taken from 606.

If you haven’t checked out the record 1) Where have you been? 2) What have you been doing? 3) Why do you hate your ears?

Here’s the track list.

  • “Bridge Burning”
  • “Rope”
  • “Dear Rosemary”
  • “White Limo”
  • “Arlandria”
  • “These Days”
  • “Back & Forth”
  • “A Matter of Time”
  • “Miss the Misery”
  • “I Should Have Known”
  • “Walk”
You deserve to watch this. Or even just put it on in the background and take a listen.
Trust me!

That YouTube video is 49 minutes of awesome. It sounds great. It looks great. It makes me a happy fanboy.

Dave Grohl is the best front man in the biz. I will fight you all over the internets and in parking lots if you take issue with that statement. And the Foo Fighters are the #1 band on the planet. I’ll fight you about that one too!

Note: U2 has been surpassed. Deal with it Bono.

I was trying to pick my favourite song from the album and I couldn’t. My top 5 are (in no particular order) Rope, White Limo, Arlandria, Dear Rosemary & Walk.

I will tell you that Walk is currently my fav music video and as an added bonus I’ll share it with you… because I’m a nice guy like that!

Hope you loved it.

Stay Awesome!

6 years ago

Foo Fighters – Back and Forth and Beyond

So for Christmas I got the DVD of the Foo Fighters Back and Forth documentary. And this afternoon I sat down and watched it for the first time. It was awesome. I don’t watch a lot of docs, but this one was a pretty sure thing for me as I love the band and the man and the music and etc.

In the beginning I was surprised that there was as much Nirvana story and info and footage included as there was. I didn’t think that so much time was going to be spent putting that Dave Grohl origin story out there in the flick. I’m not complaining. I appreciate it. I enjoyed it. It entertained me.

I’m not even sure what I want to talk about when I’m thinking about this thing. I’m such a fan boy when it comes to this band that I know I’m not being impartial when I talk about things.

I love the stories of buying a house and recording There’s Nothing Left To Lose in the basement  in Virginia and then winning 3 Grammys. I love the story of re-recording an entire album in 7 days because the first time they recorded it they hated it, their manager hated it and it could have been a black spot on their career. I love the goose bumps that I got when footage from Wembley Stadium came on the screen.

The Foo Fighters are my favourite rock and roll band. They are the 1 band that I would choose above all others to meet, talk to and see in concert above all others. In concert again that is.I was lucky enough to see Dave and his boys in Ottawa (well Kanata) in March 2008 at Scotia Bank Place. My friend Megan and I sat in the 100 level and sang and screamed along. I bought Foo Fighters socks that I have worn down over the years. I took shitty cell phone video footage on my Sony Ericsson. And it was awesome. Check out the less shitty video that someone else took of Everlong that night.

Foo Fighters (19/03/08) – Everlong

At the end of the day I can tell you that Back and Forth is an hour and 45 minutes that were well spent and at some point I’m sure that I’ll watch it again.

For now I’ll be on YouTube watching a bunch of songs that I love over and over again.

I suggest you do the same.

6 years ago

Reviewing Great Music On A Summer Day

So I know that we’re knee deep in winter at this point. But I’ve got summer on my mind.

I’m a lover of music. Lots of music. I fall asleep listening to Country. I clean listening to Pop. I rock out listening to Rock. I bliss out and to Show Tunes. And so on.

8 years ago

Reviewing Some Folks I’d Like To Meet

A bunch of these people are going to be famous, some may be fictional, some may be dead and some are real and you won’t know them… but that’s the fun of this type of list.

-President Obama (politician)

-Kevin Smith (director, author)****

-James Redfield (author)

-John Olreud (athlete)

-Oliver Queen (fictional)

-Rachel Ray (TV personality)

-Prime-Minister Trudeau (politician)

-Ben Harper (musician)

-Jean Beliveau (athlete)

-Chuck Bartowski (fictional)

-Oprah (TV personality)

-My great grandpa Carl (family, regular dude)

-Anderson Cooper (TV personality)

-Kristen Bell (actress)

-Dave Grohl (musician)

-Patrick Roy (athlete)

-Martin Luther King Jr. (human rights activist)

-Ellen DeGeneres (TV personality)

-Bruce Wayne (fictional)

-Ken Griffey Jr. (athlete)

-Paul Beeston (sports executive)

-More of the Great Grand Child Generation on the Murray side of the family (family)

There are a ton of people I’m sure that I’ve forgotten. I’ll admit, I love athletes so there were a ton more that could have made that list and I love celebrities as a guilty pleasure so there could have been a whole lot more of them too. As far as politicians and other influential people go, there are hundreds of them. I may come up with more later on add them the comment section. If you have people that you’d want to meet put them there as well.

****I met Kevin Smith (and by meet I mean I watched him give a press conference with Walter Gretzky and then shook their hands and got a picture) on February 3rd in Toronto, ON.  So he becomes the 1st person that I can cross off of the list.

8 years ago
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