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  2. Big Blue Sky

    Random Thoughts Thread

    here's one of those survey results that state the amusingly obvious! "A potential problem for the guitar manufacturing industry was identified by Fender in 2016, when it found that 90% of first time guitar buyers stopped playing within a year." Another - more optimistic - interpretation of the data might be: a potential bonus for the second-hand guitar market is that those people are buying those guitars- even if they don't end up playing it for long. Maybe those people will want to sell their guitars? Or leave them hanging around the house as a trip hazard...
  3. So despite hurricanes further north, this'll be a big weekend - there will be a few TP-related things happening in Gainesville, Florida as they celebrate his birthday... Here's some info about a big concert sponsored by the city - more info (about who's playing & so on) at www.tompettybirthdaybash.com PS I like their "what to bring" list hahaha OCTOBER 19-20 DEPOT PARK & FIRST MAGNITUDE ....................... PARKING & ENTRANCE MAP Now's the time to plan your weekend. Check out the parking and entrance map. There will be maps around the festival and plenty of volunteers and signage as well to help with any questions. Gainesville locals and out of towners are encouraged to walk, bike, park at the Winn Dixie lot, Uber, Lyft or carpool to Depot Park. Parking is extremely limited and will be first come, first served. Festival hours are Friday, October 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Park will open one hour before the festival starts. VIEW SCHEDULE DOWN ON DEPOT STREET Go beyond the music and explore the park for activities like the beer garden at Boxcar, the merchandise tent, the kids' zone, the artist corner, food trucks, the nature trail walk to First Magnitude Brewing and more. Check out some of the festival staples like: Beer and Wine: The Boxcar Beer and Wine Garden (old train depot building) at Depot Park is a wonderful beer garden for all ticket holders. There will be plenty of beer and wine vendors there to serve you! There is also a nice indoor bar for some of the upgraded packages. You can watch the music from the outdoor patio as well. At First Magnitude Brewing Company, only a nature trail away, they have brewed several, special Tom Petty-inspired beers (Learning To Rye 😂) that you can get there as well and watch the bands on the second stage Food Trucks On the Promenade: Get your fill with some of Gainesville’s best eats, like EIM Thai, Mayflower Cellars, Cosmic Burgers, Humble Pie, Sweet Dreams Ice Cream and more, as well as vegan/vegetarian and desserts. Artists Corner: During the fest, browse a wide selection of hand-crafted goods, watch live art being created and bid on your favorite Tom Petty-inspired art.
  4. Big Blue Sky

    So Mike is in Fleetwood Mac ?

    Mmmmmm yes, on-stage chemistry is a funny thing. The Finn stage vibe has usually been: an honest guy singing happily to his fave group of people, we're all so damn lucky to be here so have fun. In their younger days his bands came up through the live music pub-rock scene & beer halls - so I guess if he can handle that he can handle anything. ❤️Nice tip of the hat there to "weather with you"! OMG yes totally agree Mike leading Oh Well is on fire!!! Yes, I also noticed that there are a lot of musicians & instruments on those stages.
  5. Big Blue Sky

    Mike's Instagram is blowing up, y'all!

    whether he has any reasons or not, just seeing these adds a little joy to my day!! So, happy noises: eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  7. Marion

    WTH??? Best of everything 11/9/18??

    I want it and that's good enough. 😏 It should be anyway.
  8. scratchtasia

    WTH??? Best of everything 11/9/18??

    New liner notes, too. That's not a big deal for most, but it may help tip a few completists and Cameron Crowe fans toward a purchase.
  9. From what I read, there will be a month between each show. So mid-November, and then mid-December for the final one.
  10. scratchtasia

    An American Treasure (2018) - Reviews & Ponderings

    Well, no--songs 3 and 9 are written about together because they are from the same broadcast, and "Anything That's Rock 'n Roll" is mentioned in the text following those two titles. This occurs at other points during the booklet, as on disc 2, where tracks 1 and 3 are listed together before track 2. It might be a little confusing at first, but it does make sense. This isn't to say there aren't errors--the booklet would have benefited from a good proofreader--but this sort of thing isn't one of them.
  11. chimera

    So Mike is in Fleetwood Mac ?

    Apparently they dropped "Storms" and "Hypnotized" from the setlist last night, and I can see "Storms" being a bathroom song (even as much as I actually love it) but if they do leave off "Hypnotized" from now on that's a bummer because I consider it to be one of FM's best songs in its' history. So there might be a mandate to shorten the setlist at some point depending on how they're feeling and the audience reaction.
  12. Shelter

    So Mike is in Fleetwood Mac ?

    Sure. They would certainly need to get paid a l-o-t more, were they actually to play by themselves. Goes without saying. Again, not a dig.. Just saying.
  13. chimera

    Mike's Instagram is blowing up, y'all!

    This is just my fanciful speculation but...I think maybe he's trying to tell us that all of this is preparation for TDK, and asking us to keep the faith.
  14. chimera

    So Mike is in Fleetwood Mac ?

    Yeah it's a static setlist generally and also "scripted" segues and so forth. What I find rather amusing now is how little difference there is, production-wise, between a Stevie solo show and a FM show. That's not a dig at Stevie so much as just an acknowledgement that she tours pretty hard these days. They all get breaks within the set at least - like Mick's extended drum duet with his percussion guy in "World Turning" and Stevie and Neil on "Landslide" alone, and just Stevie and Christine for "All Over Again" at the end, so hopefully it's not entirely rigorous for everyone (which of course is also the reason they've got an entire backing band on stage with them).
  15. chimera

    Whatever Happened To Louise Anthony

    I like that Lois seemed like an "everygirl" kind of girl, you know? I knew someone who had won one of the Trabant cars which U2 used as part of their stage set for the ZooTV tour in an MTV contest. She later gave it a superfan for his collection - he had ended up with two others somehow.
  16. yeah I heard a bit about this recently. its the last three episodes he recorded which never aired before. Kind of bittersweet that they release on his Bday.
  17. nurktwin

    Lotto tix

    Right, a new clubhouse and studio for me and a hall for upcoming musicians to practice and play in.
  18. Shelter

    Lotto tix

    ^ Nurk, that would mean more dollars for guitars for you... Or a new warehouse or two to keep em in. Plus maybe setting up a shop or a music school right? Didn't you mention that at some poiint? Hmm.. As for me, I'd just take a 13888 years long vacation from working. Now that's some money well spent! Or, I suppose, I could just hire Fleetwood Mac for a night, but the budget will be tight for that one. Would be fun though.
  19. nurktwin

    Classic Rock Video of the Day II

    10/17/18 George Harrison
  20. nurktwin

    Lotto tix

    NO WINNER in last nights MEGA MILLIONS. $868M for Friday nights drawing!
  21. Shelter

    Highway Companion the great lost opportunity!

    Gotcha. It's a weird place. So little room, yet such vast amounts of beard.
  22. Shelter

    So Mike is in Fleetwood Mac ?

    Leaving the old dysfunctional core of the lot aside for a moment, focusing instead on the new cool guys, the hot blood that could revive all of them if put to use properly (although I'm still not 100% positive, sorry for saying so, that it's so far the landslide some may have hoped for), I hope that Neil and MC will find their place and that they will grow into their new roles before too long. I still don't feel the chemistry between SN and NF too much, judgeing from clips, and that is really a bummer for the experience, must say. Mike, although he feels like he's partially in a dimension of his own a lot of the time, is serving the music beautifully, as per usual. His Oh Well, is a very cool element of the show. Anyone here who know the SOP for FM when it comes to the setlists. I haven't paid much attention to them as a live band in the past, myself. Will they keep a largely same set over the course of the tour, supposedly just like it has been this far? (They do strike me as the kind of band that prefer a neatly scripted display to hustle around with, and that the fan core may expect them too as well. You don't get paid $12 millions to be creative or take risks, I take it..) Or will it perhaps start to change gradually and eventually? Or is there likely to be legs that has different setlist focus? I guess it's already too late for anyone to hope for a more floating approach this time, and maybe they never have been playing that game? Either way, I'm sure MC can handle it. Most of this is fairly new to him anyway, so even if they stick to the same set for all 50 dates, that is a situation that he is more or less used to, from recent tours with his previous employer. To some extent - contradicting my own patented logic, here - vast repetition may even be a good thing for the moment, working up that certain instinct and almost supernatural feel for the material, that he has for some of the TPATH stuff that he played every day of his life for 30 years or more. I guess a certain rotation of songs may not hurt, though. For anyone. (I, for one, really hope that MC will get his moment in the spotlight with Albatross before this flight is over!) Being the utter pro that he is, the music will get what it needs from him, no matter. What he may not be used to, though, is 50 dates of 24:ish long sets. Hard work for anyone, and these guys are not super young, so to speak. The last few TPATH tours may have been long stretches too, but each show then was usually held at 18-19 songs, and I suppose that makes quite a difference over time. I am very confident though, that MC will manage, whether the shows stick to 24-25 songs or becomes somewhat shorter with time. Again, I don't know the FM SOP with that.. As for Neil, I have no idea what so ever.. I suppose he always takes the weather with him, so.. let's hope it's gonna be a fair trip!
  23. TwoGunslingers

    Highway Companion the great lost opportunity!

    YES! It has that great delay-or-whatever sound to it! It's brilliant! The only thing missing in the arrangement is Ben's piano, which he played especially heartbreakingly on the 2006 recording in Gainesville. I really appreciate your newfound appreciation of HC, Shelter. It's a fine little album that also serves as a masterclass in songwriting, in my book. Anyone who wants to learn how much you can do with just a few words and chords (the right words and chords!) will have one epiphany or the other here. Tom was really inspired around the time he wrote the songs for the album. Saving Grace stands out because he wrote it much later in the process than all the others. According to Conversations (the Zollo book). They should have left off "Jack" and put on "Home" instead, I think we all agree on that... but apart from that, HC is a wonderful album that I still love to give a spin. And regarding production, well... the one argument in favor of HC's sound I haven't already made is maybe this: Tom wrote all those songs on acoustic guitar (well, maybe not "Saving Grace"), so I think the approach was: Let's capture them the way they were written, more or less. Hence the constant strumming. But I don't really want to go there again. Made my case three years ago, I guess.
  24. OMG! I just heard on SiriusXM that they found 3 more episodes of the BT shows! They will play the first one on Saturday!
  25. nobodyinparticular

    Random Thoughts Thread

    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/10/winamp-set-to-release-entirely-new-version-next-year/ Hope they don't screw it up.
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