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  • My meeting a famous musician: Bob Burns from Lynyrd Skynyrd, circa 1998

    18. Jul. 2008, 0:31

    My meeting a famous musician:
    Bob Burns from Lynyrd Skynyrd, circa 1998





    Sometime on or around the summer of 1998, is when i was spending A LOT of time at a small country church that i had been attending for the past 5 years. And one day, one of those very same days while actually outside of the church, and just fellowshipping with some fellow believers at their home, an older lady and her son had met a hitchhiking straggler who was working his way up into the northern part of Michigan to find his friends, and MY friends had stopped to talk with him and had shared their faith in Jesus Christ with this man at a local truck stop. He was a tall, skinny, frizzy-permed dark brown or black haired, steely-eyed, strong looking fellow, every bit a rocker, who definitely looked the part!! He used to be a drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd back in the day. He was 1 of the only survivors of the MCA plane crash in the 1970s (?), and even a Viet Nam war veteran at one time too (but NEVER ask him about that ... he will never talk to you! it was way too painful for him and thousands of others too).

    i met him at a friend's house whom i knew from a tiny country church, called Faith Temple (Full Gospel Truth), tucked away far back in the hidden green countryside of Brighton Michigan. At the time there, my pastor was another incredible man, my dear friend Bill Carpenter. But my focus in this post is to talk about the musician i met, and his name was Bob Burns.

    Here is a photo of him, for how he looked back near the time i met him, somewhere around 1998:



    This is what Bob looks like now, unbeknownst to me, i just today found this picture of him (he looks a lot different from 10 years ago!)



    To see just where he was in the Lynyrd Skynyrd band line-up, look here:
    http://downsouthjukin.com/skynyrdtree.htm

    More info about Bob:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Burns_(drummer)

    http://www.kieran.keegan.btinternet.co.uk/Skynyrd/bob_burns_bio.htm

    http://www.freewebs.com/freebyrd_fanatic/survivingmembers.htm


    He played harmonica, drums, and even A LOT of acoustic guitar for us, both at my friend's house AND at the church on stage (I think it was even a slide steel guitar?), and I remember how he often used to witness from his strong convictions about what he thought and felt about what was going on in our country and nation with the politics of the day, the culture of the land, the kids and fans of his music and the band, and family and friend life in general and it was an amazing WEEK actually that i spent with him at these friend's house (the fellowship was so darn good, we all spent almost a week just hanging out and talking all together. and even 1 or 2 services were spent just having him as a guest musician up on our church stage to play some old time southern gospel numbers.

    when our time that was spent together was nearly over, Mr. Bob Burns had even invited me to his home in Florida ... He said he had wanted to invite me along for a few concert shows that he wanted to do with some people he knew and maybe have me up as a possible preaching act during the performances (this was back when i was studying to be a christian preacher in the pentecostal denomination that i was a very active part of). But then later on in life, somehow I misplaced or lost or forgot where i had stashed his contact information and i was never able to hear from or see him again ... And actually i have only been backslidden from my original faith now for the past 10 years so I don't even know if he would even still want to talk to me, let alone remember me, after 10 years!!

    so i never got a chance to see him again because i had lost his information! so that is 1 of MANY bouts with a famous person (a music artist at that :-)

    I even tried E-mailing another former musician who was with Lynyrd Skynyrd at one point, Ed King, at his own website, http://www.edking.net/
    to try and see if he would be able to contact Bob Burns for me, via him as a sort of go-between / proxy, but so far i have never received any correspondence or replies from either one of them in trying to contact Bob again.

    It sure would be nice to be able to speak with Bob again. he was a really great guy and i hope to meet him again someday .... maybe we will even meet again, at the Rapture in the sky, where we all do truly belong ...

  • How eclectic is MY musical preference? Here's my score ...

    27. Apr. 2008, 4:45

    Take your top 20 artists. For each of these artists, collect the top 5 similar artists. The resulting number of unique artists is your eclectic score. If the score is small (extreme = 5) your musical preferences are very limited, and if it is large (larger than 80, extreme = 100), then you have an eclectic musical preference. You can compute your own score at http://anthony.liekens.net/pub/scripts/last.fm/eclectic.php

    My eclectic score is currently

    74/100



    The 74 related artists for my profile are Accept, Anthrax (2), Bob Seger, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Britny Fox, Chicago, Cinderella (5), Dark Angel, David Gilmour, Death Angel, Deep Purple, Derek Sherinian, Destruction (2), Dixie Witch, Dokken (2), Dream Theater, Elton John, Engine, Exodus (3), Faster Pussycat (4), Forbidden, Galactic Cowboys, George Harrison, Great White, Halfway to Gone, Heart, Heathen (2), Iron Maiden, Jean-Michel Jarre, Jefferson Airplane, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, John Petrucci & Jordan Rudess, Jon & Vangelis, Judas Priest, Kitaro, Kreator, L.A. Guns (3), Led Zeppelin (2), Liquid Trio Experiment, Megadeth, Metallica, Mike Oldfield, Overkill (3), Pantera, Paul McCartney, Paul McCartney & Wings, Pink Floyd, Platypus, Poison (4), Poundhound, Pretty Boy Floyd, Psychotic Waltz, Queensrÿche (2), Ratt (4), Redemption, Roadsaw, Roger Waters, Slayer, Styx, Suplecs, Syd Barrett, Testament, The Who, Threshold, Throttlerod, Transatlantic, Ty Tabor, Van Halen, Vangelis & Irene Papas, Voivod, Warrant (2), Whitesnake
  • "Pickin' on Def Leppard: A Bluegrass Tribute" (at SPUN.com)

    11. Apr. 2007, 9:16

    Well this is certainly going to be an interesting experience. If anyone here are, or were, fans of DEF LEPPARD, as I have been for a very long time, well there are now apparently some BLUEGRASS musicians (or pranksters?) out there who have now taken it upon themselves to cover some of their tracks, or at least "musicians in general" have endeavoured to COVER them in bluegrass-style. This should be rather interesting, to say the least! Personally I cannot even come close to imagining how they managed to pull it off, but, tonight, I have just now placed my order for the CD, and I might just give a review once the "aftershocks" (good or bad, lmao!) are finally worn off! lmao! I hate to laugh but this whole idea of covering 90s rock in bluegrass, just seems totally BIZARRE, out of left field, and crazy odd, etc etc! lol

    For those of you who might be interested in a "bluegrass" rendition of Def Leppard, you can find the CD orderable here at SPUN (new or used - they have some in stock finally, I just bought one, new):

    "Pickin' on Def Leppard: A Bluegrass Tribute"

    http://www.spun.com/music/product-detail.jsp?id=2552568

    Here are the tracks covered on the CD:
    (remember now, these won't sound the same as the originals, they are apparently done in "bluegrass" renditions lolll)

    Track Listing:

    1. Photograph (from Pyromania)
    2. Foolin' (from Pyromania)
    3. Bringin' on the Heartbreak (from High 'N' Dry)
    4. Rock of Ages (from Pyromania)
    5. Love Bites (from Hysteria)
    6. Pour Some Sugar on Me (from Hysteria)
    7. Animal (from Hysteria)
    8. Armageddon It (from Hysteria)
    9. Rocket (from Hysteria)
    10. Hysteria (duh.. lol)
    11. Let's Get Rocked (from Adrenalize)

    Here is a review I just copied and pasted from SPUN's site, quoted:

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    "CMH's Pickin' On is one of the more unlikely tribute series, particularly when it features the music of rock bands amid the tributes to George Strait or Kenny Chesney. In this case the lucky group is Def Leppard, and 11 of the British metal group's songs are remade with the pleading harmony vocals and mandolin, banjo, guitar, and Dobro sounds synonymous with bluegrass. Not all of it works -- "Armageddon It" is damaged by Def's own ridiculous lyrics, made clearer with the original's cast-of-thousands vocal mix removed. But "Pour Some Sugar on Me" lopes along nicely, "Rock of Ages" has some nice guitar leads, and "Love Bites" becomes a contemporary bluegrass love song that wouldn't sound out of place on an album by some Nashville newcomer. Pickin' on Def Leppard is still a little strange, and it's audience isn't clearly defined. But fans of the group might enjoy this as a curiosity, at least."

    (~ above review written by: Johnny Loftus, All Music Guide)

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    If anyone else checks this out, please reply or PM me and let me know what you think? :-)
  • Threshold (From the South of England)

    27. Jun. 2006, 5:09

    Admittedly, when I first saw the name for this band, I was struck with the sudden teasing thought that perhaps this group would be an off-shoot of a local band with the SAME EXACT NAME (Threshold), that I once saw and heard back in my home stomping grounds near Clarkston, Michigan, and I was HOPING that this group would be them because I thought they had a LOT of potential (I still even have, to this day, a digitally-ripped copy of their debut "snowflake" album).

    AS it turned out, they were obviously not the same band, but as soon as I started listening to these guys, they blew me away! They are more along the lines of "progressive rock/metal" and the album that I had listened to was all about space travel (CORRECTION: I believe it was the "SubSurface" PROMO). These guys blew me away! The music definitely fits the bill, this is Space Opera / Progressive Metal at it's finest! Very finely orchestrated and very melodic and symphonic, with soaring chorus and long stretching vocals which feel very inspiring! I hadn't felt the wonder of listening to such music since the first time I was 5 and first heard Elton John's "Rocketman", or David Bowie's "Major Tom" (some of the earliest space-opera there ever was)!

    This stuff is great, indeed DO have a listen to them ASAP, and soar along into the stars with me! :-)
  • Raging Slab

    26. Jun. 2006, 5:26

    I absolutely LOVED this group as soon as I saw their first debut video on late-night TV, on MTV's Headbanger's Ball - Does anyone know where I can get ahold of some TUNES or even better, ALBUMS, from them? Either by paying $$$ or downloadable, MP3 VBR 192-320 preferred if possible.

    I don't remember the name of the track of the video that I saw, but I fell in love with it as soon as I had watched it and I remember it had them performing on the back of a semi-truck flatbed trailer, and there was this HOT chick guitarist who played steel guitar with (I think) a glass bottle, and it was ROCKIN!! It was freakin GREAT! They blew me away!

    And on another note, lol I know it wasn't THAT particular track, but now that I see it listed here on the site, I can't wait to hear their cover of Mississippi Queen!

    Does anyone know where I can OBTAIN (legally for $$$ or downloadable) any of their music from? Email or message me, please! :-)
  • RE: Def Leppard's cover of Alice Cooper's "Elected!" (LIVE) - I want this track, TIA

    26. Jun. 2006, 3:53

    RE: Def Leppard's cover of Alice Cooper's "Elected!" (LIVE)

    This track was apparently a rare B-side on the "Heaven Is" single release. But I can't obtain that anywhere?! Does anyone know where I can get this track from? I have searched high and low, and it cannot be found anywhere :-(

    can someone send me email or a message, with details on how to get it?


    Thanks!