I'm going to a wedding Saturday evening but I should be home in time to catch Metallica's set. I'm looking forward to this for sure. A concert in the comfort of my own home that doesn't cost a dime!
Get ready, Bon Jovi fans: the band is getting ready to release This House Is Not For Sale on October 21. To celebrate the new album, Bon Jovi will perform the album in its entirety at four special shows.
The show dates and locations:
October 1 – Red Bank, NJ
October 10 – London, UK
October 17 – Toronto, ON
October 20 – New York, NY
The band is doing some special (expensive) packages - check it out below if you're interested in attending. I just have to say, I think This House Is Not For Sale is about the dumbest album and song title ever, but what's in a name, right?
It seems from my memory, heroin used to be an expensive drug. At least, it seemed that way from reports in the 80s. Of course I read Motley Crue's The Dirt and I read The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx. Both books talk extensively of Nikki's heroin addiction. He was burning through a ton of cash on the junk back then and does reference the cost of his habit. He's clean now and an advocate for addicts. He wants people to get clean.
A few days ago, the city of East Liverpool, Ohio made international news. That's because they posted a photo of a couple passed out from heroin. The couple was in their car and the woman's young grandchild was in the backseat. The photo is visceral. It's jarring: seeing two adults limp and they look dead. The city of East Liverpool was bold in posting the photo because people talk about drug abuse but they don't necessarily understand the impact or how it looks. It's ugly and it is destroying small towns in America. I'm from an Ohio small town. People I went to high school with are doing time for drug possession. The area I'm from is rural and it is basically working class. Many are poor.
Heroin isn't expensive anymore. Apparently it's dirt cheap and people use the junk for a quick fix to escape life. Maybe they are bored? Maybe they can't get a job? More likely they probably don't want a job. Every bar and restaurant I've been inside in the last two months has a help wanted sign on the door. You don't need a degree to be a dishwasher or a bar back. Hard work usually fixes most problems, but an addict's mind doesn't work that way. That's not the fault of the addict, it's brain chemistry. I don't judge. I want these people to get help.
Most people slag Nikki Sixx on here and I get it: he's money hungry and just as bad as Gene Simmons when it comes to merchandising his band's name and songs. He is, however, a passionate advocate for addicts. He recently spoke about the heroin crisis in this country on his radio show SIXX Sense. Everything he says in the conversation is true and it is worth a listen.
This country needs to put some real focus on the drug epidemic and it is especially bad in the Midwest and rural south. Mental health, drug addiction and suicide by gun all go hand in hand. We've got presidential election fever in America right now. Hillary Clinton has a comprehensive mental health proposal to combat some of these issues. She has directly taken on the drug epidemic too. Donald Trump has mentioned the drug crisis, but doesn't offer many solutions except to acknowledge "we've got to get tough." Well, the time for platitudes is over. The fact is this: the poor and uneducated in small towns are being left behind. This is the fault of both political parties. Manufacturing plants are, by and large, never coming back. Politicians will say they are bringing the manufacturing jobs back, but they aren't, and that is brass tacks. Instead, we should shift our focus to retraining and get creative on finding employment opportunities in small towns, especially for young males. We should also encourage doctors to stop prescribing heavy narcotics like candy. This becomes a gateway for people who otherwise wouldn't ever consider using illegal drugs. Heroin isn't something you play with once or twice and walk away from. You use it and you're an addict. Or worse, you die. But don't take my word for it, listen to Nikki.
Times are tough for fans of metal, glam, and classic hard rock. Finding news about the bands you love can be daunting. Gone are the days of the magazines that catered to our interests (gone, too, the days when we were lean and mean and itching to be catered to!).
Gil [Moore]: I think so from the outside, yeah probably. Let’s put it this way, I think Rik was the most talented musician in the group, but we all came from other bands and all of our bands failed. We used to joke about our earlier bands… you know I had a band called Mondo Plus Four, so you know they teased me endlessly about that band because of the name. Rik had a band called Captain Mud, which we called General Mud. He used to joke back and say it’s not Captain Mud, it’s General Mud… I said, “…whatever, you guys were mud.”
Jeb: Ha ha, that’s right.
Gil: So when you really look at it, if any one of us was really super talented, maybe we wouldn’t have needed the other two, so I think at the end of the day we collaborated pretty well. Mike [Levine] was a skilled record producer. You can ask, “How much did Mike’s producing have to do with the overall success of the band?” versus, let’s say, Rik being a fantastic guitar player… it’s a subtle thing, because Mike would make all of these artistic judgments in the studio, even when we had other producers, like co-producers… you know Mike was always sitting in the chair for all the difficult decisions. I think those two guys were both more important really in their contributions than I was. But on the business side, the sound and the lighting, I loved the technology… so I was able to, I think, add something to the stage show of it. In the stage show, if they didn’t have such a great show, how successful would the band be? We never got into trying to weigh who’s more important than whom; we never had any problems with stuff like that. We all realized that everyone was contributing. Back to your original question, yeah, sure I think Rik is probably the strongest musician of the three of us."