Posted in Book Reviews, Non-Fiction

REVIEW: No Encore!: Musicians Reveal Their Weirdest, Wildest, Most Embarrassing Gigs by Drew Fortune

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*Heads Up That There’s Discussions of Drug Use*

This hilarious, sometimes horrifying, collection spans four decades and chronicles the craziest, druggiest, and most embarrassing concert moments in music history—direct from the artists who survived them.

From wardrobe malfunctions to equipment failures, from bad decisions to even worse choices, this is a riveting look into what happens when things go wrong onstage and off.

No Encore! is an unflinchingly honest account of the shows that tested the dedication to a dream—from Alice Cooper’s python having a violent, gastric malfunction on stage to Lou Barlow’s disastrous attempt to sober up at Glastonbury, from Shirley Manson’s desperate search for a bathroom to the extraordinary effort made to awaken Al Jourgenson as Ministry was taking the stage. As Hunter S. Thompson famously wrote, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

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I think music holds a special place in everyone’s life, no matter whether you listen to whatever is on the radio or if you are an aspiring musician yourself. Sometimes we fall in love with a singer or a band and can forget that they are people too. I know I have talked a couple of times about my favorite band Rascal Flatts and I have had to remind myself that even these people you look up to make mistakes too. They may be big mistakes or small mistakes, but at the end of the day, they’re human as well.

I found No Encore! to be an entertaining read. I am not familiar with the world of rock n roll as I think the target audience is. There’s only a small handful of names I recognized.

Even knowing that, I think No Encore! is a must-read for any music fan. There’s plenty of stories that will make you bust out laughing. If your local library also has this book, then you can just read the tales you want and still get a good feel for the collection as a whole. 

I would highly recommend this collection for music lovers and fans of any of the musicians or bands in this anthology. These stories are worth the read and are a love-letter to the fans.

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Posted in Personal Blogs

Life Update & New Idea for the Blog

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Rascal Flatts performing at Winstar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma

The concert was fantastic! I was getting burnt out on my guys (Rascal Flatts) live shows, and going into this one, I had low expectations. The same setlist as always changes a few songs same old stuff.

I was surprised to see that they did an overhaul of their setlist it’s not “Greatest Hits” + more recent songs. I genuinely didn’t know which song they were going to play next. They didn’t perform every single hit they’ve ever had, but that’s okay. New music is always good if the music is good.

Overall, the concert was fantastic! Definitely reminded me why these guys were a huge part of my childhood. Their music was there for me when no one else was.

I was bullied by both peers, teachers, and family for being obsessed with not only this band but country music as a whole. Well, things have changed and I don’t consider myself a country music fan anymore. I am still loyal to this band though, after all, I’ve been through, they deserve my loyalty.

I got to visit with my mom for a couple of hours and it was nice getting to spend time with her and catching up on things. I miss my mom sometimes, but I’m glad I decided to branch out on my own when I did.

Also another possible update for this blog. Thanks to the wonderful people at Turner Publishing, I was shown a website where you could get review copies of books before they’re released to bookstores, etc. I think this could be a great idea for this blog! Same rules will apply as they do on here. Please let me know what you think about this new development!