Monthly Archives: October 2012

Thunder Valley gets Naughty


Kool Moe Dee – Click for more images

Thunder Valley Casino Resort along with World One Presents, Maita Honda, and local radio station V101.1, brought Naughty by Nature, the Sugar Hill Gang, and Kool Moe Dee to Thunder Valley’s Pano Hall for a hip hopping Halloween Friday night. Emcee for the night was V101’s Big Al.

A number of fans dressed up for what turned out to be an awesome show as Bay Area artists Rory and Reed opened the show with a brief 10 minute set.

The crowd went crazy when Kool Moe Dee took the stage. Moe Dee brought along Special K and L.A. Sunshine as they sang hits like “They Want Money,” “Rise & Shine,” and of course “Wild, Wild, West.”

Sugar Hill Gang – Click for more images


By the time Sugar Hill Gang took the stage the crowd was in full party mode with most fans gathering around the catwalk and dance floors.

Sugar Hill Gang consisted of original band members Wonder Mike, Master Gee, and Big Bank Hank. Keeping the audience completely engaged with their past hits “Apache,” “Eighth Wonder,” and “Rapper Reprise,” they seemed to just be hitting their stride when they finished their set.

Naughty by Nature – Click for more images



As Naughty by Nature stormed the stage the crowd went wild as they all started bouncing up and down to the beat of the music. Original band members Treach, Vin Rock, and DJ Kay Gee, put on a great performance as they played “Everything’s Gonna be All Right,“ “O.P.P.,” and “Hip Hop Hooray.”

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Outlaws Take Over Thunder Valley

The Outlaws

Southern rock band The Outlaws performed in Thunder Valley Casino Resort’sPano Hall on Friday.

The Outlaws formed in 1967 and have been playing off and on since that time.

Founding members Henry Paul (lead singer/guitar) and Monte Yoho (drums), were joined by Chris Anderson (guitar), Randy Threet (bass), Dave Robbins (keyboards), and Bill Crain (guitar).

Kicking off their set with “Tomorrow’s Another Night” and “Love Song” it was evident that most of the audience was made up of diehard fans as they started singing along with the band.

They played quite a few new songs from their latest album It’s About Pride.From my past experience when older bands start playing their newer “stuff”, they tend to lose the audience, but that was not the case. Their fans remained engaged throughout their set with most of them on their feet.

The Outlaws

There was a problem with Crain’s amp when halfway through “Love Song” his guitar shutdown. After several frantic minutes of changing out the amp, he was able to resume once they started “Hurry Sundown”, one of their newer songs.

Checkout Thunder Valley Casino’s upcoming winter concert schedule!

Tomorrow’s Another Night
Love Song
Hurry Sundown
Hidin’ Out in Tennessee (new)
Freeborn Man
Born to Be Bad (new)
Grey Ghost
Main Street
Last Ghost Town (new)
Right Where I Belong (new)
Knoxville Girl
It’s bout Pride (new)
Trail of Tears (new)
Green Grass

Ghost Riders


Trace Adkins returns to Celebrity Apprentice

Trace Adkins – Click for more images

Country music star Trace Adkins will compete on behalf of the American Red Cross during Donald Trump’s latest round of Celebrity Apprentice.

Not only is Trump bringing back Adkins, but he’s bringing back an “All-Star” cast including actor Stephen Baldwin, magician and illusionist Penn Jillette, DJ artist and rap star Lil Jon, NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, actress and author Marilu Henner, singer La Toya Jackson, TV personality and actress Claudia Jordan, actress and author Lisa Rinna, Playboy Playmate of the Year Brande Roderick, reality star Omarosa, and crazy man Gary Busey.

I know Omarosa really isn’t considered a celebrity. At least according to Piers Morgan who competed with Omarosa and Adkins in season 7’s Celebrity Apprentice. Omarosa and Morgan’s fights were legendary and made for some great reality television. Trace Adkins and Peirs Morgan went head to head in the season finale with Morgan taking top honors.

I attended a conference soon after the airing of season 7 where Omarosa was appearing in one of the vendor booths. Finding it hard to believe that two people could hate each other so much, me and my wife chalked it up to editing. However, when I asked her what she thought of Morgan she went on for at least 3 minutes on the evils of Morgan.

So back to Trace Adkins . . .

Adkins is a recent addition to the Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet after his family was helped out by the organization after losing his house in a fire. He’s currently the organization’s spokesperson for the 2012  Holiday Giving Campaign, encouraging people to “give something that means something” this holiday season.

Bret Michaels – Click for more images

“When my home was claimed by fire last year, Red Cross volunteers were among the first on-site,” Adkins said. “They looked after my family when I couldn’t be there and offered help. We were fortunate because we could replace the things we lost but that’s not always the case for every disaster victim. That’s when the Red Cross steps in. I am supporting the mission of the Red Cross and hope to help them reach more people in need,” Adkins said.

Adkins, a long-time supporter of members of the U.S. Armed forces, recently recorded several radio PSAs for the organization’s Holiday Mail for Heroes program with his new song, “Tough People Do,” which will appear on his upcoming album on Show Dog-Universal (release date and title to be announced). People are encouraged to send holiday cards through the program and the Red Cross will distribute them to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.

“We are excited and very grateful that Trace Adkins’ will be playing ‘All-Star Celebrity Apprentice’ on behalf of the American Red Cross,” said Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern. “We appreciate Trace’s remarkable commitment to the Red Cross and those we serve.”

Trump is currently taping the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, but it will not be airing until March 2013.

I’m pulling for Adkins to win it all this season, but I certainly hope to see the darker side of all the celebs, including Omarosa.


Beach Boys Reunion Tour Comes to a Close

(LR) David Marks, Mike Love, and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys

Last year The Beach Boys announced a reunion tour that included the original surviving  members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, plus longtime members Bruce Johnston and David Marks, along with Jeffrey Foskett.

When they kicked off their 50th anniversary tour in Tucson on April 24, they brought with them a set list of 42 songs. By the time they played at the Hollywood Bowl in June their set list grew to 46 songs.

Obviously they were saving their best for last because when they played their final concert at London’s Wembley Arena on September 27, the set list was a whopping 55 songs!

Prior to the final show Love announced that he planned on touring as The Beach Boys with Johnston, leaving out Wilson, Jardine, and Marks. While some have feigned shock over the announcement, it should come as no surprise, since Love had been touring with Johnston, and his son Christian under The Beach Boy name prior to their reunion tour.

Mike Love of The Beach Boys at Thunder Valley Casino in 2011

Brian Wilson, who stopped touring with the group in 1965, said at their September 18 Grammy appearance, “I wouldn’t mind getting together with Mike and the guys and recording an exciting rock ‘n’ roll album.” There’s no word on whether or not that will become a reality, but odds are that it won’t materialize.

Wilson told CNN in September, “I’m disappointed and can’t understand why he (Love) doesn’t want to tour with Al, David and me. We are out here having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys.”

For their reunion The Beach Boys released a new album which included “That’s Why God Made the Radio”, beating The Beatles’ record for duration on Billboard’s top 10 chart (the Fabs’ top 10 hits spanned 47 years, seven months and three weeks, versus the Beach Boys’ 49 years and one week).

So what did they play for their final set?

Set 1 Set 2
Do It Again
Little Honda
Catch a Wave
Don’t Back Down
Surfin’ Safari
Surfer Girl
Please Let Me Wonder
This Whole World
Getcha Back
Then I Kissed Her
You’re So Good to Me
Kiss Me, Baby
Isn’t It Time
Come Go With Me
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)
Dance, Dance, Dance
Disney Girls
It’s OK
Cotton Fields
Be True to Your School
Ballad of Ol’ Betsy
Don’t Worry Baby
Little Deuce Coupe
Shut Down
I Get Around
Pet Sounds
Add Some Music To Your Day
Sail On, Sailor
Heroes and Villains
I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
California Dreamin’
California Saga: California
In My Room
All This is That
That’s Why God Made the Radio
Summer’s Gone
God Only Knows
Sloop John B
Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Good Vibrations
California Girls
All Summer Long
Help Me, Rhonda
Rock and Roll Music
Do You Wanna Dance?
Surfin’ U.S.A.Encore
Barbara Ann
Fun, Fun, Fun

From Our WTF Department

Jackson, New jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure won’t be hosting metal concerts anytime in the near future, thanks to some idiot named Ronnie Radke.

For all you metal-heads out there thinking to yourself – Hey, I know that name.

You should, he was one of the original band members and lead singer for Escape the Fate, who just recently played at the Aftershock Music Festival in Sacramento, CA – minus Radke (read the review).

While performing in his latest band Falling In Reverse at Six Flag’s FestEVIL, the 28 year old Radke pulled an insane stunt aimed at his fans. At the end of his set, while singing “The Drug in Me is You,” (which he penned while in the pen) the 28 year old made the brilliant decision to throw a mic stand into the audience. Not just one, but three mic stands in all.

He didn’t just toss them out like a drummer throwing their drumsticks out to pleading fans, no he hurled them into the crowd injuring a couple of concert goers. After his little show of machismo and all things stupid, Radke finished with, “Thank you! Good night!”


Afterwards local authorities charged Radke with simple assault and aggravated assault. He was released on $25,000 bail.

“This was the first metal show that we’ve ever had, and will be the last,” Kristin Siebeneicher, spokeswoman for the theme park, told the Asbury Park Press. “We have no plans to host another metal show.”

Current lead singer for Escape the Fate Craig Mabbitt (L) and TJ Bell

“This performer was completely reckless,” said Siebeneicher. “He had complete disregard for the safety of his fans. His actions were totally unacceptable. It’s not the type of entertainment that we want to be producing.”

This isn’t Radke’s first brush with the law.

Radke was kicked out of Escape the Fate back in 2008 when the band wanted to go on an international tour, but Radke couldn’t leave the country due to being on probation for his involvement in a fatal shooting. Radke did not shoot the victim, but was charged with battery and sentenced to five years’ probation.

To make matters worse, in 2008 Radke was arrested for not checking in with his parole officer, leading to a 2 year prison term, making it kind of difficult to go on tour with Escape the Fate.

I understand the liability issues, but with over 20 bands performing at FestEvil, it’s disappointing to see the park banning all metal acts, due to the actions of one dumbass.


Hip-hopping at the BET Hip-Hop Awards

Rick Ross

It was a wild night at the taping of BET’s 2012 Hip-Hop awards (scheduled to air on October 9th) in Atlanta on Saturday night as Rick Ross and Young Jeezy got into quite the scuffle backstage. But wait! That’s not all.

There was another “scuffle” between Gunplay and 50 cent!


I remember when awards shows were all about going out and having a good time as the fans were able to watch their favorite performers gather up their awards, or pout, as the case may be.

Seriously guys! You have some young fans out there that look up to you and emulate everything you do.

Get a clue!

Having said all that, we should put this in perspective and make it clear that these were scuffles and not full on brawls as was initially reported by website TMZ and others. However, Gunplay and 50 Cent’s was pretty damn close to being a full on brawl.

Initial reports were brawls breaking out with shots fired causing quite a stir. Because of this the “Brawls” are taking center stage and may undermine the awards show airing on October 9th.

So for all you testosterone laden artists out there – You’re not only hurting yourselves, you’re also hurting the genre, the culture, you’re sponsors, and more importantly your fans.

Next time you’re facing your enemy and you want to push, shove, and blow their house down. Stop! Think about everyone else around you and how many people that are relying on, and looking up to, you as an artist, not a gangsta.

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