THE ELM TREASON NEWSLETTER NUMBER 86
DECEMBER 9, 2022
– You’ve probably heard us talk about the new website we’re working on at elmtreason.com. (It’s still under construction). It will not only be wonderfully comprehensive, but there will be additional exclusive membership options that will include a bunch of extra stuff – like exclusive music (available nowhere else), weekly articles for members only, video diaries from the band, an AUDIO VERSION of “This Week in Rock and Roll,” video and audio podcasts and more. We’re looking for ways to “keep the band afloat,” so we’ll probably be offering a monthly membership fee at different tiers: $1 a month, $5 a month, $10 a month…. something like that. More details will be coming.
– And by the way, if we haven’t said so, we are SO GRATEFUL to all of you who have laid down your hard-earned coined AT ANY TIME for anything related to this band. WE probably don’t say “thank you” enough, but our appreciation is way beyond sufficient superlatives. Money is tight for everyone. Always. We get it. So we THANK YOU, all of you… whether it be one CD or five hoodies… whether it be a digital download or stacks of vinyl…. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
– The ANALOG CREAMINESS of what will define the sound of our next album “WITHOUT A TRIBE” is so palpable, you can TASTE IT! Times have been tight lately, and we haven’t been moving along as fast as we’d like, but mixing continues. And it is a raging success thus far. Currently, we’re working on the songs “GOING YESTERDAY” and “WHAT YOU GONNA DO.“
– Some tour numbers from the year 2022: Elton John and the Rolling Stones sold more than half a billion dollars of total concert tickets. John earned over $334 million on 85 shows. The Stones earned more than $179 million (on 20 shows). Four other rock tours earned over $100 million in 2022. Red Hot Chili Peppers ($176 million from 31 shows), Def Leppard and Motley Crue ($173 million on 35 shows), Paul McCartney ($105 million on 16 concerts), the Eagles ($104 million on 40 shows).
– On December 6th, Dave Grohl performed his “Hanukkah Sessions” series at a secret show in Los Angeles Tuesday night, complete with an all-star lineup including Pink, Beck and Tenacious D. According to Variety, Grohl, along with his “Hanukkah Sessions” collaborator Greg Kurstin, performed and recorded nine songs at the 250-capacity Largo. Proceeds from the concert were directed toward the Anti-Defamation League.
– Queensryche has announced a 2023 U.S. tour in support of their latest album, “Digital Noise Alliance”, with support from ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman and Cliff Burton’s pre-Metallica band Trauma.
– Skid Row and Buckcherry will tour together in 2023, it was announced. It begins in March with support on select dates from No Resolve.
– Aerosmith was forced to cancel two shows in Las Vegas while frontman Steven Tyler recovered from an undisclosed ailment.
– Gary Rossington, the lone remaining original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, called the band’s current incarnation “a tribute band.” “Everybody who comes to see us is told that during the show, and probably knows before they even get there. But people still come to hear it live.”
– U2 drummer Larry Mullen reported that, if the band tours in 2023, he probably won’t be on the road with them.
Your Input: Best Opening Line?
One of our riders in the Uptown Q Facebook group posed this question. We thought it was a wonderful conversation starter, so we’re giving it a go here. (Even if you already answered in the group, we’d love to hear from you now).
What do you think is the best…or the coolest… or the most “grabbing” … opening line of a song ever?
Here’s one that has hardly ever been topped: ““Well, it’s one for the money, two for the show. Three to get ready now go, cat, go.”
Damn, that’s good.
Please hit that comments section. Have fun, people!
Birthdays This Past Week
Some birthdays we did not mention on our Facebook page…
Turning 62 last Friday was Rick Savage, bass guitarist for Def Leppard.
Nate Mendel, bassist for Foo Fighters, celebrated his 54th birthday last Friday.
Britney Spears turned 41 last Friday.
Mickey Thomas, best known as one of Jefferson Starship’s (and just plain Starship’s) lead vocalists, was 74 last Saturday.
Johnny Rzeznik, frontman for The Goo Goo Dolls, had his 57th birthday on Monday.
Jack Russell, vocalist for Great White, turned 62 on Monday.
Happy 75th birthday to Jim Messina of Buffalo Springfield, Poco and Loggins & Messina. (Monday).
R.E.M. lead guitarist Peter Buck celebrated his 66th birthday on Tuesday.
Sinead O’Connor turned 56 on Thursday.
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen had his 65th birthday on Thursday.
The Weird and Bizarre of Christmas Past..
This will be the first of a two-part series where we explore some of the strangest, most curious, often hilarious – and sometimes disturbing – Christmas print ads from the past.
We love these. We know many of you do, too.
Enjoy this peek back into Yuletides gone by..
Answer to last week’s puzzle…
Last week, we posted a picture that contained 70 “hidden” band names. (There’s actually 75).
Here is the “answer” key. Some are pretty obvious… others, not so much.
(We didn’t make it up. We would have done a few things differently. Still, it was a ton of fun).
Groovy Noodles Extra: From the Pen of Bobby Steel
Influences, influences, influences. It’s something the boys in the band get asked about all the time.
It’s one of our favorite subjects, too.
Bobby Steel takes the spotlight in the Elm Treason DEEP DIVE this week as he talks about the three keyboard players who influenced him the most.
Check it out —> HERE <—-
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Bobby doing his best Keith Moon face from behind the kit.
FOUR GRAINS OF RICE ON A MAN’S FINGERTIP … BECAUSE WHY NOT?
THE JOHN LENNON I ADMIRE … THOUGHTS FROM ANDY ROMAN
7 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
IMPLOSION – Crosby, Stills & Nash, which formed in ’68, finally reach the last straw at the White House National Christmas Tree Lighting concert when Stephen Stills throws a pick at David Crosby for talking over him. They get though a performance of “Silent Night,” but never play together again.
8 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
A fake MSNBC report claims that Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has been found dead in his West Hollywood home. The band’s official Facebook page posts photos of the singer with the caption “Ha! They say I’m dead — again… Wait, what? WTF? It’s a hoax. Guys. Get a life at ParadiseCity.com.” The link references the band’s online fan community.
9 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Metallica play Antarctica as part of a promotion sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero. A documentary and audio download of the event are later issued under the title Freeze ‘Em All.
39 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Michael Jackson’s 14-minute “Thriller” video debuts on MTV. Directed by John Landis, the short film shows Michael Jackson turning into a werewolf and leading a dance routine with various undead creatures.
41 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
At a show in Hartford, Connecticut, AC/DC is prohibited from firing their cannons during “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You),” as police enforce an ordinance banning stage weaponry.
43 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Before The Who concert at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, 11 people are trampled to death and dozens are injured in a rush to enter the arena. Like many concerts of the day, there are no reserved seats, a practice known as “festival seating.” The resulting controversy (and lawsuits) force promoters to rethink the practice.
53 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
The Rolling Stones headline the Altamont concert at a speedway in California. It’s a free event with Jefferson Airplane and Santana also on the bill, but it turns violent when the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, who are hired as security, kill a crowd member. The concert is documented in The Stones movie Gimme Shelter.
58 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
The animated TV special Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer debuts on CBS, with Burl Ives as the voice of Sam the Snowman. The special is based on the 1949 song, which has become a perennial favorite.
75 YEARS AGO THIS PAST WEEK
Interesting history – Patti Page records her first hit single, “Confess.” Unable to find background singers due to a strike, Mercury Records sound engineer Bill Putnam overdubs Page’s own vocals. It’s the first-ever recording with overdubbed vocals.
Why Do You Ask?
…And No Prescription Required
He ain’t wrong
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