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  1. Five Lettered Word Game

    LINDA = Linda Insisted Nancy Dance Apestyle NEXT WORD - SMART
  2. I Love.....

    Ron Blair :heart: What a nice way to start a new thread. :003:
  3. Quote Of The Day

    "Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something." - Plato
  4. Better than: Watching Tom Petty videos on YouTube. Tom Petty could run for president – and win – in November. That’s the conclusion I came to sometime during the nearly two-hour Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater last night. Fans cheered wildly and reverentially at anything the 57-year-old rocker did – whether he was destroying set opener “You Wreck Me,” thanking the crowd profusely for its kindness or simply standing still. Yes, at one point Petty just stood onstage between songs, and the nearly sold-out crowd gave him a reception fit for royalty. To Petty’s credit, at times it felt like he was campaigning, what with the numerous presidential gestures (hands clasped together above his head, arms spread wide, frequent crowd waves) and numerous (and seemingly humble) offers of gratitude for the crowd’s generous reception. But of course, he’s already the king of American rock & rollers, a consummate professional with a staggeringly cohesive – and extensive -- back catalog. As expected, such hits dominated the set list. Of particular note was “Breakdown”; annoying audience sing-along aside, the vamping bass and spiraling guitar melody were intoxicating and seedy. “I Won’t Back Down” and “Refugee” were fist-pumping displays of defiance, while “Don’t Come Around Here No More” was a pounding psychedelic spectacle which ended in a mess of strobe lights. “Listen to Her Heart” remained a pretty, homespun jangle, and Wildflowers’ “Honey Bee” was a nice surprise. The version last night was sticky with swampy blues and heavy with romantic promise, the type of song to play on humid summer nights while drinking cheap beer with good friends. Highway Companion’s “Saving Grace” continues to prove itself a modern classic, ending in a loud array of jammy, psychedelic squalls and Benmont Tench freaking out via piano improvisations. Petty’s long-time compatriots the Heartbreakers were essential parts of the night’s success. Lead guitarist Mike Campbell is simply astounding, a musician who makes playing the guitar look easy, who shreds and plays as if his hands were liquid. Scott Thurston handled the blowsy harmonica on “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” with aplomb. Even the rhythm section – bassist Ron Blair and drummer Steve Ferrone – was steady and unflashy; in short, just what the music needs. Still, despite the celebratory crowd and mood, what stood out during this show was a palpable sense of mortality. Rock & roll is inherently invincible, but vulnerability seemed to creep out from the jovial nonchalance Petty cultivated. For starters, he strapped on an acoustic guitar to play the Traveling Wilburys’ song “End of the Line.” Its rallying cry of “I’m just glad to be here, happy to be alive” brought cheers from the audience, but felt underscored by much more personal and meaningful tones. Highlight “Learning to Fly” was also stripped-down and sparse; Thurston and Blair contributed tasteful backing vocals, Ferrone used shakers for understated ambience and Tench contributed plenty of pretty piano. Petty also played the solo cut “A Face in the Crowd,” a mellow and melancholic rumination which haunted. There wasn’t any real reason for sensing this mortality, either. (Slower tempos on some of the older songs aside, which is completely understandable.) Petty began the night wearing a smart black jacket, which he eventually shed for a mustard-colored shirt and trademark black vest. His blonde hair – so perfectly swept that at times it felt like an invisible wind machine was blowing it, like magic – and matching facial hair didn’t seem any grayer or thinner since the last time around. Plus, the band’s main set was a whopping 85 minutes long – and during that segment’s closer, “Refugee,” Petty still had the energy to stalk the front of the stage like a stealth, graceful leopard. After an appropriately scorched “Running Down a Dream,” Petty and co. launched into an extended version of Them’s “Gloria.” While odd for a band of this magnitude to use one of three encore slots for a cover, the familiarity was appreciated; the crowd sang along mightily, as if a gospel-soul revival had broken out. I skedaddled to the parking lot while listening to (and singing along with) perennial show-closer “American Girl.” Along with the wiry strums, I saw couples reach for each other’s hands, moms dancing like, well, moms, and plenty of exuberance from nearly everyone I saw. I thought about the purity of the song, the simple descriptions of an American girl: wide-eyed and optimistic and looking beyond her world, but still haunted by could-have-beens. It’s the perfect late-summer song, when romantic regrets creep in with autumn’s shadows, when the threat of colder weather and hibernation looms even on a humid night like last night. Still, Petty’s delivery and the spring-loaded chords of the song swell with hope; it’s ultimately a celebration instead of an admission of regrets. On this night, it was the perfect song. And so I walked out of the venue smiling, with a spring in my step, wishing I was someone’s American girl – but not sad that I wasn’t. Petty in ’08. Critic’s notebook: --I have three main quibbles: *The number of extended jams at the end of songs, while wholly entertaining and awe-inspiring, ate away time that could’ve been used for more songs. See #2. *Songs missing I would have liked to have heard: “You Got Lucky,” “The Waiting,” “Into the Great Wide Open,” “You Don’t Know How it Feels,” “I Need to Know,” “Here Comes My Girl” *Why a cover of Them’s “Gloria” in the encore, when Petty has such a diverse, deep back catalog? See #2. --I missed Steve Winwood’s set entirely, because I was stuck in traffic on the Page Extension. (Not Traffic. Get it?) Seriously, I’ve never run into a jam there; did people finally discover it’s open? I did hear him play “Gimme Some Lovin’” as I waited in my car; marching band flashbacks ensued. Personal bias: --Not gonna lie, I was rocking out pretty hard and singing along, so much so that Post-Dispatch critic Dan Durcholz (who was sitting next to me) I think was super amused and commented that he wished I had my camera, so he could have taken a picture of me dancing. --Before “Even the Losers,” Petty introduced the song as one he wrote in 1979 for Damn the Torpedoes. “That’s when I was a teenager!” the suburban mom behind me said. I didn’t have the heart to admit to her that I was born that year. --Speaking of suburban moms: I wonder of all if the drunk parents at the show were scarier than drunk Rage Against the Machine fans at Lollapalooza? There was some serious mom-rocking going on; lots of flailing limbs and double-fisting of beers going on in my section. Setlist: “You Wreck Me” “Listen to Her Heart” “I Won’t Back Down” “Even the Losers” “Free Fallin’” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” “End of the Line” (Traveling Wilburys) “Breakdown” “Saving Grace” “A Face in the Crowd” “Honey Bee” “Learning to Fly” “Don’t Come Around Here No More” “Refugee” Encore: “Running Down a Dream” “Gloria” (Them cover) “American Girl” http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/atoz/2008/08/show_concert_review_setlist_tom_petty_heartbreakers_st_louis_2008_august_7_verizon_wireless_amphitheater_live.php
  5. 1. PRESALE AND TICKET CODE INFO Q - Do I have to be a TomPetty.com Subscriber to participate in the TomPetty.com 2010 Tour ticket presale? A - Yes, this presale is only for members of the Highway Companions Club who have purchased a membership and who have not already completed their presale ticketing opportunity. If you are not currently a member, click here to subscribe. If you wish to renew your membership, click here to renew. Q - When is the latest I can join The Highway Companions Club to be involved in the Internet ticket pre-sale? A - Anyone who is a current member of the Highway Companions Club with a valid presale access code can participate when ticket presales take place but those who have been members prior to February 25, 2010 get the earliest opportunity to enter the presale. 'A Group Members' have access starting on the morning of Day 1 of the presale, 'B Group Members' have access from the morning of Day 2. (More on priority groups below). Q - How do I know what presale priority group I am? A - There are 2 groups of members taking part in the presale and the email you receive with your presale code indicates which group you are in. Our A Group of longtime members have access from the first morning of the presale. Our B Group, who became paid members after the 2010 Tour details were announced on February 25, 2010, enter on the morning of the second day. Only after Day 3 does a public onsale begin. Please Note: We do not change your priority group. No exceptions will be made. The exact times for access will be emailed to you and made available on the tour page of TomPetty.com when you sign in. (More on priority groups below). Q - What is an Internet presale? A - An Internet presale is an advance window to tour access tickets prior to the general public sale of the tickets. Q - How do I gain access to the Highway Companions Club presale? A - To gain access to the Highway Companions Club presale you will need your unique presale access code that has been allocated to you as an eligible current member of the Highway Companions Club. You will be notified of how and when to access the presale ticketing pages via email before the presale begins. The presale ticketing pages FOR EACH CONCERT will also be available via the Tours page of TomPetty.com once the presale for that concert has started. Q - Where is my presale access code? A - All current paid-up eligible members of the Highway Companions Club will be emailed (at the address they registered on the site with) details on how the presale works, including the unique presale access code they will need to use to take part by Tuesday, March 2. Eligible members will also be able to see this unique code on the Tours page when they log into TomPetty.com by Tuesday, March 2, the day before the presale begins (you must be logged in to view your unique presale access code). Q - Does the presale start on the same day for all shows? A - No. Following the tour announcement you will be able to see all the shows that have been announced and the presale start dates for each of our Subscriber groups – A and B Groups - on the Tours page of TomPetty.com. Q - Do I have to buy my TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS presale tickets in a specific timeframe? A – The Highway Companions Club is able to offer members the chance to access presale tickets in all price-ranges but as capacity in each category may be limited all presale tickets are sold on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. The presale window of access for each show will start before the public sale and the earlier you participate in the presale for the show(s) of your choice the more chance of getting a ticket. Q - How Many Tickets Can I buy during the presale? A - With an active Highway Companions Club membership you are eligible to purchase up to six (6) tickets in total during the presale, and up to four (4) tickets for any single show. Q - I used some, but not all, of my six-ticket allocation in the presale for the 2010 North American shows. Will my unique presale code still be valid to use in other 2010 shows? A – Yes, you will be able to use your presale access code to complete your six (6) ticket allocation against 2010 shows. Q - If I miss the presale for the show of my choice am I able to use my presale access code for public onsale tickets for that show? A - No. After the presale has ended for a show, any remaining tickets allocated for the presale for that show will go on sale to the general public. Your presale access code does not entitle you to any special access to tickets during the public onsale. The links to ticket vendors that are selling tickets for the public ticket sale will be available on the tour pages of TomPetty.com. If there are subsequent presales then your unused code will still be eligible to take part in Highway Companions Club presales for alternative TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS 2010 concerts. Q - How much do the Highway Companions Club presale tickets cost? A - Any tickets purchased during the presale will cost the same as the tickets available during the public sale and any charges made by the local ticket vendors will also be the same. There are multiple price levels you will be able to choose from via the ticketing site. The Highway Companions Club presale privilege gives you advanced access to tickets, it does not provide you a discount on ticket prices or charges. Q- How much are the Premium Mojo Ticket Packages? A- The price of the package will be posted on the ticket site and will vary depending on the seat you wish to purchase. 2. TICKET PURCHASING Q - Am I able to buy Highway Companions Club presale tickets over the telephone? A - No. Highway Companions Club presale tickets are only available to purchase over the Internet via the local ticket vendor handling ticket sales for each of the shows. Q - How do I enter my personal presale code to take part in the presale? A -When the presale for your chosen show opens you will need to visit the online ticket vendor selling presale tickets for that show. On the presale ticketing page of the ticket vendor, there will be a box for you to enter your code. The links for the ticketing vendor presale pages will be sent to you via the registered email address that you provided to TomPetty.com. The links will also be available on the tour pages of TomPetty.com Q - Once I have ordered will I receive an order confirmation? A - Most ticket companies provide an online order reference number as confirmation of your purchase. Q - If I have any questions concerning my purchase can I contact someone? A - You must always contact the customer services of the ticket vendor from whom you made your purchase. Q - Can I get replacement tickets if I lose my tickets? A - Policy concerning lost tickets can vary from venue to venue so contact the customer service department of the ticket company you purchased from to discuss your options. Q - Once I have purchased, when will I receive my tickets? A - Tickets are sent out well in advance of the show. If you haven't received your tickets 7 days prior to your show please call the customer service department of the ticket vendor from whom you purchased your tickets. Q - What forms of payment are accepted? A - All major credit card types are accepted including American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Diners Club. Q - How do I know where my tickets will be located? A - If you are buying seated tickets the the specific seating location can usually be viewed at the ticket site during transactions that are booked online. Q - Am I able to cancel my tickets if I am unable to make the show? A - There are no exchanges, refunds or cancellations. Q - How can I purchase tickets for disabled access? A - In North America you can click the accessible seating icon on the 'event detail' page, and fill out a form, which sends an email request to Ticketmaster's e-care for handling. The form contains a field to accept your access code. Q - What happens if a show is rescheduled or cancelled? A - Your tickets will be honored at the rescheduled date, but if you cannot attend the new date or the show is cancelled you will receive a refund. Q - What if I am not happy with the tickets I purchased? A - By completing a purchase for tickets you are in agreement that the seat locations you purchased are satisfactory. There are no exchanges, refunds or cancellations. Q - Do the ticket sites have customer support? A - Yes. The ticketing sites usually have customer support links listed clearly on their website. 3. INTERNET AND TECHNICAL TROUBLESHOOTING Q - What if I do not receive an email or my unique access code? A - 1. Please ensure that the email you have provided in your 'Profile' (which you find when you log-in to TomPetty.com) is easily accessible by you. 2. If you find you are not receiving emails from us on your email account, it may be because of SPAM blockers on your mail account. You need to check with your ISP to see if they have SPAM blocks, and if so ask them to remove TomPetty.com This will ensure that you do not miss this mail. 3. Your unique access code will also be available on the tour page when you log into TomPetty.com. Q - What do I do if my personal presale code does not work? A - 1. Check that the presale for your priority group has opened for the show that you are trying to purchase tickets for. You have been notified of your priority group - in the email containing your presale access code. 2. Check that you have entered your code correctly into the ticket vendor website. Your code is 10 characters long, contains NUMBERS and UPPERCASE LETTERS and begins with TPA or TPB. Please be sure to enter your code carefully. The codes are case-sensitive. If you are using 'copy & paste' to enter your code, please ensure that you have only copied the 10 characters of your code and that you have not included any spaces by accident. 3. Check you have not exceeded the ticket limit for your code. Each code is only valid for 6 tickets (in total) for up to four shows in North America. 4. If this does not resolve the problem, in order to contact the appropriate Customer Service Team, please follow the instructions given at the ticket vendor website that has rejected your code. TomPetty.com/Highway Companions Club customer services can be reached from the Help page. Customer service information for each of the local vendors will be added in advance of pre-sale commencement. If you have any questions prior to making your ticket purchase please refer to the TomPetty.com tour information page. 4. TOMPETTY.COM Q – I am already a member of the Highway Companions Club. What do I need to know at this point in time? A – The Highway Companions Club still exists but now lives on the new TomPetty.com. HighwayCompanions.com has been merged into TomPetty.com. As a member of the Highway Companions Club you will have access to benefits of TomPetty.com which are not available to non-members. As you may know we have been extending memberships over the past several months to avoid fans having to pay for a membership renewal while there was relatively little Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers activity. Now is the time for fans who joined the club or last renewed their membership prior to March 1, 2009 to pay for a renewal. If you fall into this category and don’t renew by Sunday, Feb. 28, you will not receive the new Highway Companion Club package, including presale access. Q- What is the deal with the different presale groups? How do I know if I am in legacy Group A or Group B? A- Any member who joined the club at any time prior to February 25, 2010 will be in the “Legacy Presale Group A.” Any member who has just joined the club, on or after February 25, 2010 will be in Presale Group B. Q- My account says my membership is going to expire on February 28, 2010. What do I need to do in order to get the new package and participate in the presales? A- You must renew your membership prior to February 28 to remain in Group A and participate in the presales. Q- I have lost my old Highway Companion log in information, what do I do? A- Click here and you can enter your username OR email address. You will receive an email with a link that will enable you to reset/change your password. Or, you can contact our customer service team and they can help. 1-800-767-7160 (US) or +1-916-414-2921 (International). Q- If I am a member but did not renew in time and my membership expires, can I still participate in the upcoming presale? A- Yes. If your paid membership has expired your account automatically converts to a ‘free account.’ You will keep the same login name, display name and password. When you log in with a free account, you will notice the ‘Upgrade’ link at the top of the page. You will need to click the Upgrade link. This will take you to the store where you can purchase a new membership. You will then be able to participate in the presales. Q - What if I have questions or issues with one of my orders? (Customer Service issues). A - If you have any questions regarding your order, please contact us: 1. Email orderhelp@fanfire.com. 2. Call our Customer Service at 1-800-767-7160 (US) or +1-916-414-2921 (international). 3. You can use the form on the right side of this page.
  6. Today's Weather

    Tuesday: Cloudy early, becoming sunny this afternoon. High 73F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy this evening with more clouds for overnight. Low around 55F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
  7. Rules: Using the last letter of the word of the previous post, you create a new word starting with that letter. Example: Person 1 - Cat Person 2 - Taco Person 3 - Orange
  8. Researchers have found that matching the tempo of a workout to music with a strong, fast beat can increase one's capacity for exercise by 15 percent. If you didn't know better, you might think that all the energy necessary to get through the ups and downs of an average day could be found in a powder, a pill, or a suspiciously small can. If only! But here's the good news: getting -- and, more important, keeping -- your energy level high is a breeze. Just take a look at these expert tips and tricks. 1. To get your first energy boost of the day: Eat a little something Studies show that breakfast-eaters enjoy more energy and stay in a better mood throughout the day than their breakfast-skipping counterparts. But we're not talking just any breakfast. "Muffins, granola, and croissants are energy zappers," Los Angeles--based dietitian Ashley Koff, R.D., says. "They're high in sugar, sodium, and less-healthy fats, providing carbs but rarely protein. So you get superhigh in the morning, and two hours later you're picking yourself up off the floor." Instead, aim for an energy-balancing mix of high-quality carbs, lean protein, and healthy fats --oatmeal with a serving of almonds, an egg white omelet with a slice of avocado and a side of berries, or even last night's leftovers. 2. To have enough zing to get yourself out the door: Fake it Slap on a smile. Apply some bright lipstick. Wear a crisp, clean outfit instead of sloggy sweats. If you fake energy until you feel it, soon enough your body will catch on, says Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., author of "The 150 Most Effective Ways to Boost Your Energy." "The face you show to the outside world sends a message to the brain," he says. Research suggests that simply smiling, for instance, releases endorphins and boosts serotonin, which actually lead you to feel the emotion you're projecting. 3. To turn your emotions into energy: Spin your situation If a few hours at work has depleted your good mood, you might find yourself feeling inexplicably exhausted. A bad mood can sap your energy because it keeps your mind busy ruminating, says Kimberly Kingsley, author of "The Energy Cure: How to Recharge Your Life 30 Seconds at a Time." Substituting thoughts about what you have in your life, as opposed to what's missing, can help reverse the negative spiral. With the first sign of stress or energy drain, Kingsley suggests, ask yourself, "What was I just thinking that's causing me to be in such a funk?" Once you zero in on the problem, replace it with something that's positive and gratitude-centered -- for instance, "I'm grateful that I just had that argument with Sarah. It was a good reminder that I don't allow people to walk all over me." This type of reframe will stop you from wasting a lot of energy, Kingsley says. 4. To find the energy to conquer your to-do list: Change up your daily routine The same ol' same ol' is more than boring -- it's an energy suck. When you switch things up, the brain's reward chemical, dopamine, is released, which prepares the body for action, says Gregory Berns, M.D, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at Emory University. "The brain is constantly trying to predict the way the world works, so when you encounter something that's novel, it sees an opportunity to learn something new," he explains. Even small changes -- like taking an alternate route to work or making that morning jog an afternoon swim -- can make a difference. 5. To stay energized during a very long meeting: Sip something cold Anything over ice is an instant pick-me-up, but staying hydrated can also help prevent brain drain, Kingsley says. Water is an ideal drink, but for an extra boost, make it iced tea. The combo of caffeine and the amino acid theanine stimulates alpha brain waves that are associated with an alert state of mind. 6. To keep going on very little sleep: Get small caffeine hits Instead of downing one giant to-go cup of coffee, drink 4 to 6 ounces (the amount in a small cup or half a mug) every few hours. Studies suggest that low doses of caffeine throughout the day are more effective than the traditional übercup first thing in the a.m. Researchers found that shift workers, medical residents, truck drivers, and others who work odd hours not only got a better boost from caffeine when they drank it in small portions, but they also performed better on cognitive tests. 7. To find the energy to deal with conflict: Stop fibbing to others Making up stories -- even the tiniest white lies -- takes more energy than simply telling it like it is. "Deceit takes a lot of psychic energy," Bowden says. When you withhold things or aren't forthcoming, you're constantly thinking about what you're saying and how you're saying it in order to avoid blowing your cover. Of course, you don't want to unload in a harsh way in the name of honesty. Try wrapping the truth in something positive. Instead of telling a co-worker her ideas are lousy, say something like, "You have lots of great suggestions, but I'm not sure this one works." 8. To retain your energy when you're upset: Breathe! It's normal to get worked up when something rotten happens. But staying worked up is just a waste of energy, and breathing can help you take it down a notch, thus conserving your energy. Try this "4-7-8 Deep-Breathing Exercise" from integrative-medicine guru Andrew Weil, M.D.: Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge behind your upper teeth and exhale completely through your mouth so that you make a whoosh sound. Then close your mouth and inhale deeply through your nose for a count of 4, hold your breath for 7 counts, then exhale through your mouth for a count of 8; repeat three more times. Breathing like this -- as opposed to taking shallow breaths, which we tend to do when stressed -- forces more oxygen into your cells, slows your heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and improves circulation, ultimately resulting in an energy boost. The trick is to let the belly expand with each inhale, Weil says. "Over time, this improves many aspects of our physiology." 9. To find the juice to de-clutter your surroundings: Picture a tidy space Clutter is a great big drag on your energy -- and not just because of all the stuff taking up space. "So much of what ends up as clutter are tasks that we haven't finished or obligations we haven't been able to meet," says professional organizer Emily Wilska, founder of San Francisco--based The Organized Life. "Who wants to be in a space where there are constant reminders of things you should be doing or aspiring to?" Wilska suggests mind-mapping to get motivated: Clip pictures from magazines and write down snippets or words that describe your goal -- "I want an organized living room so I can invite my girlfriends over for our book club." Then post them on the fridge, the bathroom mirror, or on your computer desktop as a reminder of where you're headed. 10. To get revved to exercise: Create a killer playlist If it's time for a real workout, but you're dragging, pop in those ear buds. Your favorite tunes are more than just a distraction from all the huffing and puffing -- researchers have found that matching the tempo of a workout to music with a strong, fast beat can increase one's capacity for exercise by 15 percent. Choose songs with 120 to 140 beats per minute (the norm for most pop and rock songs). "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas, for instance, clocks in at 128 beats per minute. 11. To avoid an afternoon energy slump: Get moving The exercise-and-energy equation goes like this: The more active you are, the better your circulation. And the better your circulation, the easier it is for blood to transport oxygen and nutrients (fuel for the cells) to your muscles and brain. So take a walk. If you can't get outside, a trip around the office or up and down a few flights of stairs will do the trick, says Carol Espel, M.S,. National Senior Director of Group Fitness and Pilates at Equinox Fitness Clubs. A brisk, 10-minute walk is enough to boost your energy level for up to two hours, according to research from California State University. 12. To boost your energy (and treat yourself): Enjoy some dark chocolate Sugar isn't a complete no-no when it comes to energy --you just have to conquer the crash. That cookie with sprinkles will give you the rush you're looking for, but your body will burn the sugar quickly, and soon enough your energy level will take a nosedive. Dark chocolate, on the other hand, contains the stimulant theobromine, which boosts energy without the jitters that can come from caffeine. Dietitian Ashley Koff's recommendation for a crash-proof treat: choose chocolate with at least 60 percent cacao and eat it with a little protein -- a dab of organic nut butter atop about 1 ounce (3 squares) of chocolate. 13. To remain sharp at the end of the day: Stay hydrated Where dehydration goes, fatigue follows. But staying hydrated involves more than drinking lots of water. You also need potassium -- the mineral that helps regulate fluid balance in the body, Koff says. Even mild dehydration can slow metabolism and sap your energy. To stay hydrated, besides drinking water and eating water-based fruits and vegetables throughout the day, aim for at least one serving of a potassium-rich food or drink -- such as avocado, coconut water, banana, white potato -- each day.
  9. Mudcrutch - Ventura - 04/20/08

    I'm so fricking tired. Stood in line for about 7 hours today, got sunburned, got a little testy with line crashers, but OMG! What a night! Tonight's show was more amazing than lasts night in Santa Barbara. Maybe because we were front row, dead center, lol. :003: Bootleg Flyer, oh yeah.
  10. This or That

    Rules: A person posts 2 choices, and the next person needs to pick a choice, and then add their own 2 choice question. Example: Person 1 - Cheese or Hotdogs? Person 2 - Cheese; Winter or Summer? Person 3 - Winter; New York or Los Angeles?
  11. How Many???

    This is the How Many ??? game, and this is how we play: The person before you has asked How Many??? You’ll answer their question as well as ask the next person a How Many ??? question. The next person answers their question, and asks another, etc….. Easy enough, right? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?
  12. Today I Learned...

    That some people just cannot help themselves.
  13. While spending an afternoon with Tom Petty at his Malibu beach house for Friday's feature on him, I couldn’t resist asking whether he considered himself and the Heartbreakers more part of the history of L.A. rock or that of Florida, where most members of that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band grew up. Yesterday I floated the question to our readership, and now I offer Petty's response. “We loved L.A.,” Petty said about the band's move across the country in the mid-‘70s. “We wanted to come here because so many of the artists we admired came from here, especially the Byrds and the [buffalo] Springfield and the Doors, and the Beach Boys — we’re huge Beach Boys fans. …Plus Bernie Leadon had come and Tom Leadon had come, and they’d both found success. They were both making records, and I just followed their trail really. “I often see us included in Southern [rock]. But honestly, when the Southern rock thing happened, we were long gone for the most part,” he said. “I think we’re really Californians. I’ve been in California longer than I was in Florida. Certainly where you grow up is always going to be deeply embedded in your soul. I don’t know, but sometimes it kind of hurts my feelings that were not included in discussions of Southern California music. The Heartbreakers formed here. We really are an L.A. band.” -- Randy Lewis Photo: Tom Petty in the garden of his Malibu beach house. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times
  14. The "I Wish" Thread

    I wish Fall and Winter would come soon!
  15. Ames, would you please do the honors.
  16. Photo of the Day - Part II

    Sorry Farmers, looks like we lost the original Photo of the Day thread. :085: So...let's start another one. Can someone find that Ron Blair one????? :heart:
  17. Steve Ferrone has sat in the drummer's seat for Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers since 1994. But the British-born sticksman is still seen by many as 'the new guy.' It's a label he's grown accustomed to over the years. "I'm always the second man asked to the dance," he says, laughing. "But I'm not complaining because I've been to a lot of nice dances." And that dance card has been full ever since Ferrone replaced the late Robbie McIntosh (not to be confused with the guitarist of the same name) in the Average White Band in 1974, right as the group was releasing their breakthrough smash Pick Up The Pieces. Over the past four decades, Ferrone's impeccable taste, timing and groove have paid off handsomely: he's been 'the new guy' for Eric Clapton, Duran Duran, Peter Frampton and The B-52s, among others, and has played on countless sessions for everyone from Johnny Cash to Michael Jackson. Even so, when it comes to touring bands, does he mind being thought of as 'the new guy,' or even 'the replacement'? "Not at all," he says, again chuckling good-naturedly. "I've replaced Stan Lynch in Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers. I've replaced Phil Collins with Eric Clapton. I've replaced Roger Taylor with Duran Duran. There's a few choice ones right there. No, see, these drummers have played on amazing records, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for their work. To be asked to go in and sit down and play the parts that they established, I'm flattered and honored. Also, I guess it means that, on some level, I'm that good - or at least in somebody's mind I am." Having now clocked in 16 years as a member of Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, currently touring behind their latest release Mojo, it's doubtful that Ferrone will be abdicating his drummer's throne to anybody else in the near future. "It's a wonderful group of people in this band," Ferrone says. "Tom and Mike Campbell are such brilliant writers. No, I'm quite happy to be a Heartbreaker." He thinks for a second. "That always sounds funny, doesn't it? I'm a 'Heartbreaker.' Of all the bands with great names, this one's right up there." In the following interview with MusicRadar, Steve Ferrone talks about playing with Tom Petty And The Heatbreakers, along with some of the other illustrious names on his CV. He also discusses his approach to playing, and it's one which involves, oddly enough, the art of the dance. What is general philosophy about drumming? Do you have one? "What I like to do is feel the song - I see it and figure out what I like to call the 'light and shade.' When I was a child, I was a tap dancer, and I remember a big part of our instruction revolved the light and shade of certain routines. I see drumming the same way I see dancing. It's all dynamics. "Because of my tap dancing, I can visualize a piece of music and feel it physically. Basically, I can sit down with a band and pretty much play a song without ever having heard it before. I'm not saying I play it perfectly the first time. [laughs] But I have a sense of the flow, the dynamics, where the choruses and verses are going. If you have rhythm - and let's face it, dancing is a great starting ground for a musician - you're usually able to know how a song should go." I would assume this helped in recording Mojo, which is the most 'jam-oriented' album the band has ever done. "Well, yeah, we recorded the whole thing live pretty much. Tom would come in and start playing a groove, and I'd start playing along. He didn't present finished demos or anything. The songs fell together during rehearsals. That's the way it's been with us for a while. "Songs used to develop during soundchecks, too, although we rarely do soundchecks anymore. With the new technology like Pro Tools, we just record the sound from the gig before and adjust the levels to the next room. Soundchecks are kind of a thing of the past now." What kind of direction do Tom and Mike Campbell give you? Or do they give you free reign to come up with your parts? "They give me free reign…until I do something they don't like! [laughs] Their music is pretty straightforward, so if I do something too complicated or come up with a groove that just won't fit - anything that gets in the way - that's when they'll say something. And then I'll say, 'Fine, I just won't do that again.'" [laughs] When you were asked to join, what specifically did Tom tell you was the reason? What made you the right guy to replace Stan Lynch? "He never really told me, and I never asked him. I got a call to go out for an audition, but I wasn't told who it was for. This was in 1994. So my gears were turning…'Who could it be?' It was all very top secret, you know? But then I showed up at this studio and there's Tom Petty and Mike Campbell sitting there. Well, I figured out pretty quickly who I was auditioning for." What did the audition consist of? Did you have to play through some of Tom's hits? "Well, I should stress that I'd worked with Mike before - he and George Harrison; in fact, I'm pretty sure that George recommended me for the gig. So we started to play You Don't Know How It Feels, and that felt pretty good. Then we listened back to what we'd played and Tom said, 'Wow, what a difference a drummer makes.' Then he turned to me and said, 'Don't worry, Steve, you've won.' [laughs] And that was it." How have you adapted your style to the older songs in Tom Petty's catalogue? Some of the material that Stan Lynch played was quite energetic. I'm thinking of songs like American Girl. "Yeah, well, that song speaks for itself. It has a pattern that is very recognizable and I don't really change it at all. The kick pattern, especially, is very important to play right. The song has a swing to it. "My job isn't to re-arrange songs that are etched in people's minds. But the newer songs, the ones I've played on, they're mine, if you will. So I don't have to adapt my style to fit them; my style is already a part of them." Who do you listen to in the band? Do you listen to Tom's vocals? Ron Blair's bass lines? "I listen to the whole thing. I let the music fall all around me and I make it work. If Ben [keyboardist Benmont Tench] plays a nice little line, I try to leave space so it can be heard. If Tom hits a certain vocal line and really punches it, I might reinforce it, but I don't get in the way. I don't try to set the tone and the tempo of the band; I let them guide me and I keep it all together. The band works really well as a team. "However, you mentioned vocals: I will sing along as I play. It's not just 'cause I like to sing [laughs]; it's because I'm checking the tempo. If you're shifting things around too much, particularly with songs that are so dependent on the vocals, then all you're doing is messing things up." You play with a traditional grip. Have you always done so? "No, I started out with a matched grip, and I switched when I was about 18 or 19 years old. I remember watching this French drummer who played with a traditional grip, and I was very impressed with his ability to get all of these grace notes in. The big thing was figuring out how to incorporate the traditional grip but still have a strong backbeat. So I worked out a way to play traditional but power down the stick with my thumb - which is why I have a very messed-up thumb now!" [laughs] Let's talk about your tenure with Eric Clapton. What was that like? What kind of directions did he have for you when it came to what he wanted from the drums? "His whole thing was, 'Make me play.'" "Make me play." "Yeah, he wanted the band to kick his butt. You know, it's a hard job to be 'Eric Clapton.' He's gotta go out there every night and live up to this legend. He has all these solos to play, and he's gotta blow people away. It's a lot of pressure. So he would just say, 'Steve, go out there and play your ass off.' He looks for fire. I think he really liked being pushed. It helped keep him on his toes, I think." Playing with Eric, you performed material from all of the eras of his career. How did you handle the Cream material? You and Ginger Baker have styles that couldn't be more different. "Absolutely. I would just sort of grab it and make it mine. I played Sunshine Of Your Love totally different. I took a hint of his groove, but there was no way I could match what he did. I didn't even try. "All drummers have their own particular quirks - some you try to work with and others you can't. When you're talking about somebody as flamboyant on the drums as Ginger Baker, there's no way you can play like him. "The point is to take the essence of what he did and use that. Again, Eric's whole thing was, 'Play with fire, Steve. Give me everything you've got.' He didn't want his musicians to play it safe. And you can still play a groove and be non-flashy while giving the music everything that's inside of you. Sometimes that's the hard part - playing with heart but not making it all about yourself." On a somewhat related note, you played with both Eric Clapton and George Harrison when the two toured Japan together in 1991. It was basically Eric's band backing up George. "That's right. What an amazing time." OK. How hard was it, when playing Beatles songs with George, not to try to re-create Ringo's parts? "I didn't really think about it. George told me what songs to listen to, I listened to them and we played them. What I did was what I always do: I listen to the song, I get the groove, I figure out the key elements and then I do my thing." How was George to work with? "Oh, he was wonderful. What can I say? He was a great guy. A tremendous human being. I walk past his star on Hollywood Boulevard a lot, and every time I do I say, 'Hey George, how ya doin'?' What a sweet man he was." One other mega-famous artist you worked with was Michael Jackson. Tell me about that experience. "Oh, it was great. I was hired to play on a couple of songs, and one of them was Earth Song. I was working with the producer Bill Bottrell. So we're in Westlake Studios in Los Angeles, working on the song, and I turn around and there's Michael Jackson. It's like he materialized right next to the drum kit." Wow. What do you say? "Hey Mike"? "Yeah, basically. [laughs] And what was funny was, he looked at me and said, 'Steve, can you dance?' And I go, 'Well, are you asking?' [laughs] Maybe he could tell by the way I played, I don't know. "What was interesting about doing that song was that Michael wanted me to play electronic drums - that was the big thing in those days. And I said, 'Michael, the song is called Earth Song. You've got to have real drums on there.' I could tell he was hesitant, but we cut a deal to do it both ways. "He listened to the electronic drums and liked them, and I could tell he was about to go with that track, but I reminded him about our deal. So I went in and cut the same track on acoustic drums. He listened back and started movin' around, going, 'Yeah, yeah! That's it.' And that's when I told him, 'There you go, Michael. Now you've got a true Earth Song! [laughs] The acoustic drums won out in the end." http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/tom-petty-drummer-steve-ferrone-talks-groove-273410
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  21. Dana Petty on Mojo

    From a post in a thread at www.tompetty.com - I haven't checked into this site in a long time. I find some of this surprising. TP and the band are pro's who worked HARD on this album (as always). A "live take" means that they didn't record parts separately. (not that they hurried through- not caring!) I LOVE Mojo! It's hard to deny the true artistry here. They are amazing musicians! I am very proud of them. I'm not alone in thinking Mojo is one of their best records yet. Just wait 'til you hear it live and/or in it's entirety! This message has been edited. Last edited by: Dana, May 17, 2010 03:27 AM
  22. So, What Do You Do Now???

    This is the So What Do You Do Now ??? game and this is how you play. I’ll give you two choices, simply make your choice of What Do You Do Now ???, and then offer two choices for the next person, etc… Easy enough, right? Here are the choices for the first person: Make dinner at home or eat out?
  23. I wonder...

    I wonder why those boys decided to light a tree on fire? :confused:
  24. Movie Trail

    New game... here's how it goes; I say "Al Pacino starred in "The Godfather" with Marlon Brando who was also in..." and then the next person would name another movie Marlon Brando was in with another actor/actress.. like so; "The Freshman" with Matthew Broderick who was in....." Get it? Got it? Good. So now, let's begin... "Johnny Depp was in "Blow" with Ray Liotta who was in...."