Monthly Archives: August 2011

Sugarland Stage Collapse Kills 5

Sugarland was preparing to take the stage at Indiana’s State Fair on Saturday night when a 60 to 70 mile per hour wind tore down the stage leaving 4 dead and 40 injured.

Nobody from Sugarland was injured thanks to the bands tour manager who moments before they were to go onstage, held them back for a few minutes in hopes that the weather would change. During this time the band was in their traditional pre-concert prayer circle.

Singer Sara Bareilles had just wrapped up her opening set and was off the stage just before the catastrophe. She later tweeted ““ “I’m speechless and feel so helpless. Please send love and prayers to Indianapolis tonight. My heart aches for the lives lost.”

Other artists took to Twitter as well

blakeshelton Blake Shelton : My prayers to the people at the Sugarland concert in Indianapolis…. Absolutely shocking and hard to comprehend… Beyond belief…

martinamcbride Martina McBride: So sad to hear about the State Fair in Indianapolis. Our prayers are with Sugarland, their fans, and all the personnel working there.

kelly_clarkson Kelly Clarkson: Just saw video footage of the stage collapsing at Sugarland‘s show in Indiana. Oh my gosh that is maybe one of scariest things I’ve ever seen. I pray everbody on their crew and band or okay

This is the third such incident this concert season. Earlier this month, severe weather caused a stage to collapse in Oklahoma where Primus and Flaming Lips were set to perform.

And last month the stage collapsed at a Cheap Trick concert at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfes in Canada. Protection Status

Weekend Events in and Around Sacramento

Friday August 12th

Irishapalooza w/
Whiskey & Stitches


6:30 p.m.

Designing Dreams Fashion Show

Memorial Auditorium

6:00 p.m.

Pop Fiction

of Spades

7:30 p.m.

Annie Get Your Gun – Music Circus series

Wells Fargo Pavilion

8:00 p.m.

Huey Lewis and the News

Valley Casino and Resort

8:00 p.m.

Forever Goldrush Nicki Bluhm/Walking Spanish


10:00 p.m.

The Pat Travers Band

The Boardwalk Rocks

8:00 p.m.




Saturday August 13th

Annie Get Your Gun – Music Circus series

Wells Fargo Pavilion

2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

The Cab

of Spades

6:30 p.m.

Matt Masih and the Messengers


10:00 p.m.


The Boardwalk Rocks

8:00 p.m.

Bananna Festival

William Land Park

10:00 a.m.

Sunday August 14th

Annie Get Your Gun – Music Circus series

Wells Fargo Pavilion

7:30 p.m.

Old 97s with Robert Ellis


7:00 p.m.



10:00 p.m.

Jani Lane Dead at 47

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Jani Lane, the former frontman and lead singer for the 80’s metal rock band Warrant, has been found dead in a Los Angeles area hotel.

The LAPD received a 911 call early on Thursday evening to investigate a death at a Comfort Inn. Emergency personnel pronounce the man, who was later identified as Lane, dead at the scene. The coroner’s office will be conducting an investigation into the cause of death.

Lane had a troubled history with alcohol and was arrested several times for drunk driving. In 2009, Lane was taken into custody for reportedly crashing into a parked car.

Warrant was most famous for “Cherry Pie,” which was written by Lane. It was a chart topping hit in 1990 as were “Heaven” and “I Saw Red”. Lane left the band in 2004 and rejoined in 2008. It was the first time that all the original members had been in the band since 1992.

According to his website Lane has been recording some new music and penned his own bio. He may have thought his time was short on this earth. Towards the end of his bio Lane wrote – “Thanks for listening and know that everyday above ground is a gift and I’m truly grateful for each and every one of you!!! SEE YOU ON TOUR THIS YEAR!”

Lane joins a growing list of musician who’ve died during 2011 including Dan Peek from the band America, and Amy Winehouse.

They all will be missed.


Gavin DeGraw Assault Update

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In the early morning hours of Monday morning, 34-year old singer, Gavin DeGraw was assaulted and then hit by a New York taxi.

The incident occurred in the East Village a few blocks from the National Underground, a bar that DeGraw co-owns with his brother Joey.

The New York Daily News reports that DeGraw had been hanging out with friends at an East Village restaurant in the early morning hours of Monday morning. Upon leaving, he was attacked by a group of men on First Avenue between 5th and 6th streets. He stumbled to Third Avenue and 19th Street, where he was hit, but not seriously injured by a cab.

According to police the attack didn’t appear to be a robbery and no arrests have been made – yet. You can be sure with the spotlight on DeGraw that the police are actively pursuing any and all leads to put the thick skulled idiots behind bars.

DeGraw was touring with Maroon 5 and Train promoting his latest CD “Sweeter” due to be released on September 20th.

Posted yesterday on Gavin DeGraw’s website:

Due to the recent attack and resulting injuries, Gavin DeGraw has been advised by his doctor to take additional time to recover from his concussion, broken nose and other injuries. He will therefore not be able to perform on the following scheduled concert dates:

Bethlehem, PA-August 14
Hersey, PA-August 15
Nashville, TN- August 17
Indianapolis, IN-August 18
Des Moines, IA-August 19
Chicago, IL-August 20
Clarkston, MI-August 21
Toronto, ON- August 22

He will rejoin Train and Maroon 5 in Columbia, MD on August 24; Syracuse, NY on August 25 and in Holmdel, NJ on August 26.

Sacramento City Manager $305,940 Package!

Stock PhotographyI do believe the Sacramento City Council has their head in the sand, or somewhere else.

You might recall that the Sacramento area is in an extremely tough financial situation. To pile on the bad news, a few months ago the Sacramento area was ranked fifth in the nation in Forbes magazine as one of the “20 most miserable cities” in the country. And it doesn’t stop there.

A couple of days after Forbes hit the stand, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that Sacramento’s job performance last year was the worst among the nation’s major metropolitan areas. And let’s not forget about the real estate market. Home prices have continued their decline between the first and second quarters of this year, while most areas of the country realized gains during the same time period.

All this has led Sacramento to take some drastic steps. The forward thinking City Council approved a “crash tax” that was aimed at non-Sacramento drivers who were at fault in an accident within the city. The Sacramento fire department referred to this as a “scene stabilization” fee.  This was met with quite the backlash from both insurance companies and citizens of Sacramento. The main argument was that this would cause people to stop coming into the city and spending money. Thankfully level heads prevailed and the crash tax was rescinded.

The impact of this downturn has led to eighty Sacramento city police officers being laid off. Teachers and firefighters are also experiencing layoffs or hours being cut. Next year only three community centers and three swimming pools will remain open. Sacramento State students are  paying higher fees, adult health care facilities are shutting down, and the list continues to grow.

But wait! There’s some good economic news on the horizon, but only if you’re the newly hired Sacramento City Manager. John Shirey was recently hired with a total annual package coming in at a whopping $305,940! That’s the highest in the region and more than any other city employee in the history of Sacramento. Oh it gets better. You know ole mayor Kevin Johnson has been pushing for a “strong mayor” model for some time. If that were to happen Shirey gets a nice 6 month severance package. Crap – did I forget to mention he gets the 6 months severance even if he gets fired!!

What do we make of this? Well for starters Shirey is a good negotiator and the city council has their head up their wazoo and not the sand. What were they thinking? With a vote of 7 to 2 the city council gave the okay to hire Shirey at a 16% increase over the last city manager.

So I’m filing this story under our WTF department. How can members of the city council be so clueless when it comes to finances. Good luck negotiating with any of the unions such as the police or fire. While the police department and others are taking it in the shorts, the city council believes it’s business as usual and the economy isn’t impacting the city of Sacramento.

Wow! Really guys? Y’all need to get a clue. Do any of you read, watch, or listen to the news of any type? If you did, you’d realize that Sacramento is in a world of hurt and paying the city manager more than his predecessor is not going to bring more revenue into the city. Paying him more will only hurt any goodwill that you might have had with the people of Sacramento and city employees.

So to wrap this up I’d like to welcome the Sacramento City Council to our WTF department. Where we highlight the incredibly misguided individuals who have the ability to impact our lives – usually in a negative manner.

An Evening with Peter Frampton

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It was one sweet weekend out at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort with the Doobie Brothers on Friday and then the legendary Peter Frampton on Saturday. Both concerts were sold out, so if you’re thinking about going to a concert at Thunder Valley I would suggest not waiting to get your tickets.

On to Peter Frampton .  .  .

Local guitar heroes Brian Wheat and Frank Hannon from the band Tesla.

The audience was chanting “Frampton! Frampton!” in anticipation of the start of the show. Just prior to the start, William Shatner’s voice came on the loud speaker to explain the no photography or video policy, although even before the end of the performance, videos were making their way on to Youtube.

Some of you may recall Tesla’s “Modern Day Cowboy” making it onto Guitar Hero 6. Well, Tesla followed their guitar hero, who was featured in Guitar Hero 5 with “Do You Feel Like We Do” off his “Frampton Comes Alive!” album. So it was quite a treat to see the boys from Tesla meet one of their favorite guitarists.

61 year old Frampton started off the set with “Something’s Happening” and “Doobie Wah,” both songs keeping the crowd cheering and on their feet. “Lines on My Face” had the crowd sitting down, but giving him a standing ovation at the end of the song.

Cheers broke out as soon as he started “Show Me the Way”. In classic Frampton style he started in with his signature talkbox which really got the crowd going. While Frampton wasn’t the first to use the talkbox, he’s credited for bringing it mainstream with “Show Me the Way,” which was record in the “’70’s. He’s been using it in concerts ever since.

The gracious Frampton said, just prior to starting “I Want to Go to the Sun,” that a guy by the name of Carlos had asked if he could sign one of his guitars, which was the same model used by Frampton. Frampton said not only would he sign it, but he would play it. After the song, Frampton invited Carlos up on stage to give him back the guitar and gave him a big hug.

After the show I was able to talk to Carlos Pereda about how all this came about. Believe it or not, Frampton keeps tabs on his


Doobies Smokin’ at Thunder Valley

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The Doobie Brothers performed at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort to a sold out crowd Friday night.

For those of you who don’t know the Doobie Brothers, they are rock group who formed in the “’70s and were originally called Pud. Yes, I said Pud. One can only thank the heavens they decided to change their name to the Doobie Brothers. And yes, the name comes from that stuff referred to as pot. When smoked it’s also referred to as a joint, reefer, stick, roach, or a doobie.

Hey, can you spare a doobie, brother? I know. I crack myself up, too.

Opening with “Jesus is Just Alright,” the eight man band consisting of two drummers, three guitarists, bassist, saxophonist, and keyboardist, kicked it into high gear from the very start. During their performance there were a lot of guitar changes, sometimes several per song. The guitars included four that were set up on their own stands waiting for those magical fingers of Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons, John McFee, and John Cowan.

As the sun made its way down, all the phones and cameras in the crowd were reminiscent of those late-night concerts with everyone holding up their lighters, paying homage to the band. The band got plenty of coverage with all those lights shining in the night.

Towards the middle of the set, the band played a couple of songs off their new album, “World Gone Crazy,” including “Far From Home.” Up to this point, the majority of the crowd had been on their feet. “Far From Home” had everyone sitting down relaxing to a very mellow soulful sound that was both touching and inspiring. You can hear the bands maturity both emotionally and musically in the song as well as others from their new album. It’s obvious these guys are comfortable with who they are.

When they played “Back to the Chateau,” also from their new album, the audience was back on their feet, fists pumping and bodies shaking. The song is a reminder of the Doobie Brothers of yesterday, with a driving beat and pure rock “‘n’ roll. As I was watching the crowd’s reaction, I realized it was a great mix of young and old. There was a young, fully tattooed guy with his fists up in the air, shaking his body, while right next to him was an older, gray-haired guy with his fists up in the air, shaking his body. It’s obvious the music of the Doobie Brothers has transcended a generation – or two.

When the band started “Black Water,” the crowd immediately joined in. Everyone was singing, including bartenders, security personnel, and ushers. However, the band abruptly stopped and told security to back away from the stage and let people dance. Johnston kept on security until they moved away from the front of the stage and let people up to the front.

To anyone who didn’t make it out to the concert and thought to themselves, not interested in listening to some old boring southern style rock band, you made a huge mistake. Don’t make the same mistake next time.

The Doobies got their start in San Jose, California and have remained a Northern California band.  With founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and 30 year-plus veterans John McFee and Michael Hossack, the Doobies have sold over 30 million albums and continue to tour bringing their high energy performance to as many people as possible. With their recent release of their new album “World Gone Crazy,” the bands offerings grow in unexpected and new directions. With various flavors of rock with just the right mix of jazz, blues and country there’s bound to be a number of hits from this album and they are sure to gain a fan or two.

Band members: Guy Allison (keyboard/vocals), John Cowan (Bass/vocals), Tom Johnston (vocals/guitar), John McFee (guitar, strings, vocals), Tony Pia (Drums), Marc Russo (sax), Pat Simmons (guitar/vocals), Ed Toth (drums).

Thunder Valley Casino and Resort has both an Amphitheater and an indoor stage bringing the area a wide variety of talent from around the world. Their outdoor concert series is in full swing with scheduled appearances by Huey Lewis, Gabriel Iglesias, Hall and Oates, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more.

Each Sunday from noon to 5p.m., you can now party poolside with music, drink specials, giveaways and contests. You can purchase tickets at Thunder Valley or online. Go checkout what a AAA four diamond rated hotel is really like!

Set list:Jesus is Just Alright
Rockin Down the Highway
Take Me in Your Arms
Clear as the Driven Snow
Far From Home
World Gone Crazy
Back to the Chateau
Takin it to the Streets
Don’t Start Me Talkin
Little Bitty Pretty One
Black Water
Long Train Runnin
China Grove
Without You
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This Weekends Events in and Around Sacramento

Friday August 5th

Concerts in the Park

Cesar Chavez Plaza

5:00 p.m.

Doobie Brothers

Thunder Valley Casino and Resort

8:00 p.m.

Camelot – Music Circus series

Wells Fargo Pavilion

8:00 p.m.

Matt Schofield


8:00 p.m.

Thea Skotia

The Boardwalk – Folsom

8:00 p.m.

Reminisce feat/ Rodney O & Joe Cooley


10:00 p.m.

Fair to Midland, Trophy Fire, and Breva

Ace of Spades

6:30 p.m.

Saturday August 6th

Camelot – Music Circus series

Wells Fargo Pavilion

2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

Kainani Kahaunaele


5:00 p.m.

Kill The Precedent


10:00 p.m.

Peter Frampton

Thunder Valley Casino and Resort

8:00 p.m.

Steel Savor

The Boardwalk – Folsom

8:00 p.m.

7 Walkers- SAC ONLY




Ace Of Spades



Camelot – Music Circus series

Wells Fargo Pavilion

7:30 p.m.



KoL in the News – Again

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If you recall last week the Kings of Leon made it into the news for walking out in the middle of a concert, lead singer Caleb Followill informed the crowd that he needed to go throw-up and have a beer and even told the audience, “For the record, I’m not drunk ““ I’m just fucking hot.” before walking off the stage. Later brother Jared tweeted “I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren’t stupid. I can’t lie. There are problems in our band bigger than not drinking enough Gatorade.” leading everyone to believe there was a family riff brewing or just plain brew brewing.

Well since that time KoL canceled their 29 remaining shows of their U.S. summer tour. This was blamed on vocal problems and exhaustion with Followill telling reporters, “I’m just trying to get better.”

And that’s not all.

Vector Management is citing copyright laws and has successfully removed several clips from YouTube, featuring Followill complaining to fans before leaving the stage. The crime here is that the videos being taken down are not even copyrightable. The videos are of the band talking and not singing. While the music is most certainly copyrightable any conversations on stage are not.

Speculation is that Vector Management’s trying to remove potentially incriminating evidence of Followill possibly being drunk, rather than being exhausted prior to walking off. Incriminating evidence? There hasn’t even been a crime committed, so why pull all those clips? Because if it was exhaustion Vector/KoL has insurance to cover the costs of the concert being canceled. If it was something caused by Followill such as drinking too much, then the insurance policy won’t cover it.

So really the crime hasn’t occurred, but soon will when KoL and Vector Management claim exhaustion as opposed to what is really going on. Then the evidence will turn to the fact that Vector was pulling incriminating videos with no just cause.

And whats up with YouTube honoring a request to pull videos that are NOT covered under copyright laws! Now that’s the real crime and puts this in our WTF department.

Want to catch a peek at the controversial video? Head on over the The Hollywood Reporter.

The Tubes Flow into Thunder Valley


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The Tubes, one of the most theatrical new wave rock bands of the 80’s, brought their sometimes offensive and oftentimes outrageous show to Thunder Valley Casino and Resort Friday. They are best known for their onstage presence and hits from the 80’s and 90’s including “She’s a Beauty”, “Talk to Ya Later”, and “The Monkey Time”.

An extravagant mix of theater, rock, and social criticism, The Tubes started out with an instrumental, La Dolce Vita Overture. Lead singer and front man, Fee Waybill jumped on stage and began singing, “Haloes” followed by a rant about the sad state of the economy and how Boehner was going to F*** the country some more. Almost every other word was f*** or B*** and used frequently throughout the show.

There were those that loved the show and others that seemed to want to bolt out of the room. However, Waybill’s stage presence kept everyone clued to their seats for most of the concert.

Waybill got off to a rocky start sounding off key, and I was ready to suggest he retire. However, his second song, “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” originally recorded by James Brown, left me wondering why he didn’t kick off the show with this song. He did a superb job with a nice raspy blues sound. I thought this was one of the better songs of the evening.

He lost some of the audience due to his crude language and outrageous outfits. I know last week I said Pat Monahan of Train was in competition with Lady Gaga due to multiple costume changes, but scratch that. Waybill changed multiple times in a makeshift dressing room off to the side of the stage, arriving back on stage in some normal and not so normal outfits (see photos).

At one point he showed up in a Roman-style costume with barely any coverage in the lower extremities ““ front or back. Sadly, the front row was in the worst position of all, when at the end of the song Waybill turned to face the band and bowed in thanks. Leaving the front row speechless, – or should I say sightless.

I thought Waybill was hit and miss for most of the concert, falling short on some songs and kicking it up a notch on others. I found his monologues mostly offensive due to his absurd views of women. He was also losing some of the audience, but that all quickly changed when he came out singing “White Punks On Dope” dressed as Quay Lewd, aptly named after the drug Quaalude.

As soon as Quay Lewd hit the stage, the crowd went wild, shouting back the chorus line, “white punks on dope,” and pointing back to Waybill. At this point, most people in the audience were on their feet, hands in the air, and moving to the beat.

“White Punks on Dope” has historically been their last song at concerts, so when the band left the stage, some audience members began filing out the door. Those who remained were treated to an encore that totally kicked the crowd into full gear.

Ending with “She’s a Beauty” and “Talk to Ya Later” , Waybill showed up in a costume reminiscent of a carnival hawker. The last two songs had the crowd gathered at the front of the stage dancing and shouting. At the end of the set, the entire band made their way to the front of the stage, where they shook people’s hands and thanked them for being there.

Just before the show I had the opportunity to ask Waybill what was the most outrageous thing he’d done in his career. He replied, “After 40 fucking years I’ve done a lot of crazy shit, it’s hard to come up with ““ oh that’s too hard of a question”, and walked away.

Bottom-line: It was one fucked up night and I couldn’t wait to get home to my bitches.

To my family: I’m writing this as a reflection of the concert. I don’t seriously believe that you are my bitches. However, I do strongly believe that my wife, is and proudly admits that she is, but I mean that in the most loving way. Shoot, I guess you could say I’m her bitch. Damn ““ did I just write that?

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Song list for the night:

La Dolce Vita Overture
It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World
Smoke (La Vie En Fumer)
What Do You Want From Life
La Dolce Vita Theme
Turn Me On
I Saw Her Standing There
Brighter Day
Slipped My Disco
Tip Of My Tongue
Don’t Want To Wait Anymore
Boy Crazy
White Punks On Dope
She’s A Beauty
Talk to Ya Later

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