Thursday, July 13, 2017

kc book of souls tour

Offered an opportunity to see a band I had not listened to much of in years, I decided to head on down to the Sprint Center in Kansas City to have a look and listen.

Iron Maiden put on a great show, played solid and tight.  Many thanks to the ticket donor!  She had only recently moved out of town for another gig, and sent them on over.  The seat was in a good location.  The sound was not quite as good as could have been, but decent enough.

The opening act, Ghost was interesting.  In all honesty, I arrived late for that round, and only caught their last song.  Their performance was well rehearsed, very theatrical and dramatic.  The music tended in that direction too, and seemed to have quite a lot of support in the crowd.

The night was hellishly hot inside the arena, and promised to get worse.  When the lights went on between acts, you could see the cloud of steam hanging in the air. Leaving the doors open to the hot night air did not help in the least.  The bands suffered for their art on this night.

Iron Maiden took the stage, and all were almost immediately dripping sweat.  Sharing their torment, they fired flame bursts from four or six cannons on stage.    I don't care how old you are, you have to be in great shape to endure what they did, and still put on a good show.

The band powered through track after track; several I have never heard before, and a few that are definitely a blast from the past.  "Eddie" made appearance on one song, towering over, chasing, and then molesting the artists as they played on through Hell's steam bath.

Somewhere along the way someone said they were into their last three, the second of which pretty much everyone knows.  How could they not play "The Number of the Beast?"  I missed the intro to that, tending to other business.

Speaking of which guys, it is kind of creepy to be on your phone in the urinal.  Surely, you can wait that long to play with it.

Saturday, July 01, 2017


... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

An early morning haze falls over the woods of southeast Missouri in the photograph topping the column this month, taken at Vibalicious 4.  Held at a local campground near the banks of the Meremac River, it was undoubtedly one of the better ways to spend a warm July night.

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You don't think about full much when Summer is in full swing, but you might want to make plans now for the return of Sun City Music Festival.  Labor Day Weekend (September 2-3rd) in Austin. The event promises "a long weekend full of live music, laughter, and unforgettable fun," with a lineup featuring Marshmello, Above & Beyond, a special guest appearance by Sasha & Digweed, along with a whole list of international artists.


Adam Pasick givs us a nice quick overview of what animals actually can get their groove on, in his story, "Sorry folks, but that gorilla isn’t actually dancing—and there are very few animals who actually can."  Researchers speculate that dancing may very well be "a byproduct of vocalization, more specifically the ability to mimic the voices and sounds of other animals."


Matthew Spong via Wikimedia
"During the first San Francisco dot-com boom, techies and ravers got together to save the world" takes a look at the evolving rave scene in the US during the early 90s. Timeline writer Stephanie Buck examines the weave of dance, music, art, life, and a culture that viewed "tech as the catalyst for human evolution."

by mooncow via Wikimedia Commons
Isaac Kaplan discusses a bit of what is going on with collections displayed in museums, the benefits and distractions, ups and downs in his Artsy magazine editorial "When Collectors—Not Curators—Dictate Art History."


by St0rmz via Wikimedia Commons
Explore The Delicious History of Ice Cream during National Ice Cream Month, while celebrating with your favorite flavor! PBS Contributing Blogger Tory Avery takes a quick look at the varieties enjoyed over the last couple of thousand years.


Restoration of April 2004 is complete, with more to follow soon.  New collections are coming soon to a social media outlet near you!  We are already testing one such situation over on Tumblr, since that platform is a bit more indulgent than the others to alternative forms of photographic art.

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