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Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts; Connecticut Edition Part Two – Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Posted in family, food, Music, rock music news, travel with tags , , , , , , on July 17, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun – CD (Photo Credit: Stone/Metal Odyssey)

It’s a bit past midnight, EST, here in Southwest Ohio, as I write this. I became so flustered from watching the various cable news networks that I’ve decided to put together Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts; Connecticut Edition Part Two. With Metal Odyssey, my mind, ears and eyes don’t have to be reminded of the enormity of sadness and war that’s taking place in our world today. Metal Odyssey is an escape, for music fans everywhere.

With that said, even if you don’t believe in a god, take the time to at least wish for a better world; even the smallest acts of kindness can go a long, long way. Try extending a kind act upon a stranger tomorrow and let the fever of goodwill spread. I’m not trying to be Preacher Stone here, I’m just being human. Metal be thy name – Stone.

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Now, onto another snapshot of my trip to Connecticut, which took place the last week of June 2014. If there ever was a theme during my trip back to Connecticut, it was to cherish the small joys of life. Enjoy!

The photo (at top of post) of Mastodon’s new CD, Once More ‘Round The Sun, depicts the actual CD I bought on my trip to Canton, Connecticut. I bought this CD at Best Buy and it was on sale for $9.99. I really, really dig Mastodon and I highly recommend their new CD. Mastodon is one of those bands that doesn’t sound like anyone else. The artwork on the CD cover is a FAR OUT TRIP man! Whoa.

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Yes, there is a Best Buy just about everywhere! The above photo I took before I entered this Best Buy store in Canton, Connecticut; just a few minutes away from where my father lives. A very clean and organized Best Buy it is, probably the cleanest Best Buy store I’ve ever been in. Truthfully. Whoa.

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I stayed with my father on this trip and cherished every moment I shared with him. We both shared a TON of laughs together… good times, indeed. We both gabbed away with each other, for certain. That is my father, pictured above. He’s a Metalhead, a voluminous book of knowledge and now roots for the Ohio State Buckeyes Football program! Love you dad! Whoa.

Meatball Grinders - George's Pizza & Restaurant - 2014 - Stone:Metal Odyssey

My father and I went out to eat together just one time, on my visit to Connecticut. The eatery we went to was George’s Pizza & Restaurant, located in a (not so large) town called Unionville. A clean environment, pleasant waitress and  good food made us both happy. That’s the meatball grinder I ordered, pictured above. My dad ordered the same, with Bud Lights as our drinks. Neither one of us knew that the meatball grinder came as TWO 12 inch portions! We both could only eat half! Metal be thy name!

I definitely have enough photos and small stories left to deliver a third installment of Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts; Connecticut Edition. If you’ve missed the first edition, just click on the link below! Whoa! Thanks a Metal ton for visiting and reading my blab. – Stone

Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts; Connecticut Edition – Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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LONG LIVE MY DAD.

LONG LIVE CONNECTICUT.

LONG LIVE MEATBALL GRINDERS & BEER.

LONG LIVE MASTODON.

Stone.

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Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts; Connecticut Edition – Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Posted in classic rock, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news, travel with tags , , , , , , , on July 15, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Boston – live at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut, June 28, 2014. Photo credit: Stone/Metal Odyssey

It is midday here in Southwestern Ohio and the weather has done a 180. We’ve gone from Summer’s oppressive humidity to early Autumn’s cool air and crisp breezes, literally overnight. Apparently the Polar Vortex is making its comeback a little too soon. Greenhouse warming be damned. Excuse me as I crack up a bit, after that last line I wrote. I recently took a one week trip up to my original home state of Connecticut. Below is just a snapshot of what I experienced. Enjoy…

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The photo at the top is from the Boston concert that I and Best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale went to, back on June 28th of this Summer. Cheap Trick opened the night of Classic Rock bliss, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. That above photo of Boston is the best one I took at their show, with my iPhone. My hands kept trembling while trying to get a good “shot”, plus the row of gals behind us were stomping, screaming and even handing out an unexpected back massage to Stone. Really. That’s Rock & Roll for you. I’ll write a more in-depth review on this Boston concert in the coming days, with Cheap Trick included, of course!

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Photo Credit: Stone/Metal Odyssey

Besides hooking up with Scott Coverdale in Connecticut, my goal was to spend lots of time with my Father; he lives in Canton and it’s a very nice area indeed. One town connected to Canton is Avon. I stopped by the First & Last Tavern for lunch, one afternoon. It’s just as I remembered too! Clean, great food, excellent service and a bar that screams New England. I ate the oven-baked wings with a tossed salad and washed it all down with some Sam Adams Summer Ale. Whoa.

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Yuengling is still NOT FOR SALE in Connecticut. WTF? Go figure? Heck, Yuengling is brewed right in the grand state of Pennsylvania! I can buy Yuengling in Ohio and that is a very good thing. Whoa.

I hope my Connecticut Edition of Some Metal and Rock N’ Roll Thoughts has been a fun read for you. I’m planning on doing a second Connecticut Edition this week! Connecticut will always be my home; while I’ll always consider Pennsylvania and Ohio my homes as well! Grand States ALL. Metal be thy name – Stone

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LONG LIVE BOSTON & CHEAP TRICK.

LONG LIVE CONNECTICUT.

LONG LIVE SCOTT COVERDALE.

LONG LIVE YUENGLING.

Stone.

Louis St. August – Legendary Vocalist Of Mass To Make Special Appearance With Iconic Classic Rock Band, Boston, At Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Music, news, rock bands, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the MASS Facebook page:

Join our own Louis St August as he makes a special appearance with the band BOSTON at the Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, June 28th.

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Louis St. August – MASS vocalist

I’ll be joining BOSTON for a tune on Saturday June 28th @ The Mohegan Sun Arena, CT. Cheap Trick opens the show!

TICKET INFO:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1D004C69BD075FBA

Below, listen to Boston – Heaven On Earth, taken from their new studio album  Life, Love & Hope. Louis St. August provides his backing vocals and harmonies on Heaven On Earth!

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BOSTON – Life, Love & Hope is available now, via Frontiers Records!

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For more info on BOSTON:

Website: http://www.bandboston.com

For more info on LOUIS ST. AUGUST:

Website: http://www.massrocks.com

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LONG LIVE BOSTON.

LONG LIVE LOUIS ST. AUGUST.

LONG LIVE CHEAP TRICK.

LONG LIVE MASS.

Stone.

I LIVED IN A HAUNTED HOUSE – PARANORMAL FILES PART ONE

Posted in everyday experiences, family, ghost encounters, ghost stories, ghostly tales, haunted houses, haunting true tales, hauntings, living with ghosts, metal odyssey, old country homes, old houses in the country, paranormal experiences, paranormal stories, personal ghost stories, personal paranormal experiences, specters, spooky stories, strange stories, things that go bump in the night, true ghost stories, true paranormal experiences with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

An introduction to a haunted house…

Years ago, I lived in an old, very old, white brick colonial house with my parents and sister. This aging and mysterious house was, (still is), located in the country outskirts of Northwestern Connecticut. This house was built in 1853… that is why I referred to it as very old. The four of us moved into this home in December of 1985. I was nineteen years old, going on twenty the very next month. Upon my very first look and subsequent tour of this house, I felt and observed it’s age almost immediately. The country atmosphere made it all the more colonial and inviting, with it’s white brick surface and black shudders against a backdrop of dense woods. The curbside view of this house could very well have been a postcard image of the dreamy New England country homestead. What you see is not always what you get, a book cannot be judged by it’s cover… and this book, (house), should be filed under haunting tales.

My family and I moved from living in a downtown neighborhood of a small city, the population being around 40,000 or so. Therefore, moving to the country and settling down in what was actually declared, a historical site by the city itself, had it’s rosy ambiance of moving up and starting anew. This was the first time in my life that I moved to a different house, the butterflies were out of control inside my stomach, anticipating a new life away from the noisy downtown hustle and bustle that I grew up with. I would later find out, as some years passed by, that starting anew in a much older and established home can have it’s dark and eerie disadvantages. Living far away from the downtown hustle and bustle could and would be a regrettable drawback.

An addition was built onto this house sometime in the 1970’s, this addition extended horizontally from the original structure. The prior owners had built the addition, my parents decided to use it as a dining room and television seating area. (It was a very large addition, the actual dimensions I cannot give with integrity, plus do actual dimensions really matter?). I point out this addition and for what purpose it served, for I and others had many paranormal experiences inside this newer addition of this house as well. Many, oh many, creepy stories I can and will spill out in regards to living in this house. I did at times enjoy living there, there are many cool and happy memories I reflect on. Still, the spooky and paranormal incidents that I experienced in this house makes me feel relieved I am no longer there. As I look back on living there, I have the desire to disclose the stories that have been locked up inside of me for the past 25 years… stories of personal encounters with the paranormal. This house proved to me, that there are times when the bad far outweigh the good. I moved to this house as the ever glowing skeptic of the paranormal, I left as a believer that there are specters and many other unexplained phenomenon that modern science has yet to find answers for.

To be continued…

MetalOdyssey

DEEP PURPLE – “Deepest Purple” is a Space Truckin’ ride back to the ’70’s

Posted in 1970's classic rock albums, 1970's classic rock songs, 1970's hard rock bands, 1970's classic rock music, 1970's hard rock, 1970's Rock, 1970's rock music, 1980's hard rock, Album Review, classic hard rock, classic hard rock bands, classic hard rock music, classic rock, classic rock albums, classic rock bands, classic rock music, cool album covers, essential classic rock albums, essential hard rock albums, essential rock albums, Hard Rock, hard rock album review, hard rock drummers, hard rock guitarists, hard rock music this decade, hard rock songs, hard rock vocalists, heavy metal music, Music, old school hard rock, Rock, rock album reviews, rock keyboard musicians, rock music, rock vocalists, vintage hard rock albums, vintage rock albums with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

main-150Is it just me thinking this way? Deep Purple “Deepest Purple”, (subtitled “The Very Best of Deep Purple”), is the epitome of what a Rock/Hard Rock Greatest Hits album is supposed to be. These Deep Purple classics are hands down, sensational and historical Rock Music. Gimme a break, how can any generation not want to embrace these songs? These Deep Purple songs are perfect examples of just how amazing the song writing was in Rock and Hard Rock, back in the 1970’s. Could Deep Purple have been ahead of their time? I certainly think so, by at least a decade. The hardness, forget about the heaviness for a second, is what drives these Deep Purple songs to the top tier of  Rock and Hard Rock history, in my Metal opinion. Just stop to think about this, for a Metal second… how many new Rock or Hard Rock bands out there today, could actually put out a Greatest Hits album, down the road, with such impeccable and recognizable songs? “Smoke On The Water” and “Highway Star” are two Hard Rock songs alone, that represent a generation of Rock and Hard Rock music and the decade of the 1970’s. “Fireball” and “Child In Time” are just the icing on the Hard Rock cake here.

Certainly, I am not going to argue the clear fact that we had genre and decade defining Rock and Hard Rock groups during the 1970’s such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, ELO, Yes, Boston, Moody Blues, The Doors, Molly Hatchet, Bad Company, Kansas, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Pink Floyd, AC/DC (Bon Scott era), Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ted Nugent. The list of iconic Rock and Hard Rock bands from the 1970’s is huge. You betcha. Of course I missed mentioning some well deserved bands and solo musicians here… this post would be gigantic if I was to make a master list. My point I am making is this… there was Deep Purple, man, and they rocked liked no tomorrow during the decade of the ’70’s – “Deepest Purple” is sound Rock and Hard Rock proof of that. If a time machine really did exist and I could rent one, (I am certain that I would not be able to afford to buy one), I would get on that Rock and Roll mother ship and take a ride to a vintage Deep Purple concert back in the 1970’s. (I am positive that Connecticut would have one hefty and major time machine tax, Senator Christopher Dodd would be all over that one – if a time machine existed).

Back to Deep Purple… I could not complain about which lead singer would be fronting this legendary band… if I was to go back in time to see them in concert, it is pick ‘em at lead singer  –  for all I care! David Coverdale, Ian Gillain, Glenn Hughes or Tommy Bolin as lead singer… it would not matter, I would be cheering on this 1970’s version of Deep Purple like a psyched out, Hard Rockin’, “Space Truckin” fan! Aw heck, throw in the late 1960’s lead singer Rod Evans for good measure too, he counts. I am not by any shape or form, taking away the great Hard Rock achievements of the Deep Purple lineups of the 1980’s through present day, no way. This Deep Purple music dynasty is special, an undisputed Hard Rockin’ franchise. I just have that Rock and Roll fantasy once in awhile, this whole time machine journey to see Deep Purple in the ’70’s is one. So, the next time you hear, “Woman From Tokyo”, “Burn” and “Stormbringer”, not to mention the other great hits of Deep Purple, earlier mentioned, just remember when they were written… these songs epitomize the label of – timeless. “Space Truckin'”… ’nuff said.

I tip my Metal Music hat to all the past and present musicians of Deep Purple, especially Ritchie Blackmore on guitar, Jon Lord on keyboards, Roger Glover on bass guitar, Joe Lynn Turner on lead vocals, Nick Simper on bass guitar, Joe Satriani on lead guitar and Ian Paice on drums. I thank Don Airey on keyboards and Steve Morse on guitar for keeping the Deep Purple – Hard Rock machine turnin’ and churnin’ to this day. If it wasn’t for Deep Purple, Metal Music as we know it today, probably would not sound so cool. That… is my Metal opinion.

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