Livre, the Charlies Mars concert invites you on a journey through the musical past
My daughter-in-law gave me a book for Christmas on 80s hard rock music called “Nothing But a Good Time”. The stories of the Sunset Strip and the bands that played Whiskey a Go Go, hung out at the Rainbow and anything LA related were the main topics. For me it was a trip down memory lane as a fan.
Charlie Mars performed a show at Goodwood in Tallahassee this month and I had him as a guest on my podcast. We were able to relive the music scene of the 90s and catch up on its activities today. Awesome show. Music, songwriting and storytelling with Charlie Mars – YouTube.
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Music has always been a serious hobby for me (a job for a while) and in the 80’s every day after school there was a show called Dial MTV which usually featured metal at that time . Then, every Saturday night, Headbangers Ball aired on MTV. The magazines I read across these bands and the LA/Sunset Strip scene were Circus and Metal Edge.
Also, to get into the mix, I had a Kramer Focus 3000 guitar with a Crate amp and took lessons from Scott Tennysons on Monroe Street. I could have been the worst guitarist in the south.
That didn’t stop me and our short-lived group in high school from trying to turn Maclay Dining Hall into Hollywood once or twice, though. We played Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love” and Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” was a nail on the blackboard for all to see.
Speaking of live shows, any concert within a 100 mile radius was a breeze and picking up the latest Vinyl Fever tapes was always a highlight of the week.
To name just a few of the gigs I’ve seen: Guns and Roses opening for Motely Crue (87), AC/DC and Cinderella (89), Metallica and Queensryche (88), Great White and Whitesnake (89 ), Ratt and Poison (86).
I loved it, the tour buses, the venues, the massive PA systems, the pryo, the whole thing. In the late 1990s when I walked into the Rainbow on Sunset Strip with a band from Capital Records that I worked for, I thought I had reached the top.
Fred Coury the drummer from Cinderella sat next to us on the porch, Lemmy from Motorhead held court by the video poker machines, it was California Sunset Strip Perfection (check out the intro to my book written by Ken Block for more). know more about this scene).
Music is part of us, times have changed dramatically. As a fan, since I couldn’t tell you who the number one band in the United States is, I also don’t read any music magazines apart from Rolling Stone (which somehow turned into a political publication) , and with regard to those package tours that you do not do. you don’t see many of them anymore, do you?
I mean Motley Crue/Def Leopard/Poison/Joan Jett are coming out and Guns and Roses are on an endless reunion tour (thanks Andy Fink for getting me off the couch to catch this) but these shows aren’t the norm .
Speaking of tapes, today’s kids (I speak like my grandmother) will never know that feeling of unboxing a tape, record or CD for the first time, reading the liner notes, the cool pics, song writing credits, who produced it, and more. I loved, loved, loved it all.
When I finished my degree and internship for UF and hit the road with a group, it was exactly as pictured, although a lot more downtime in the middle of nowhere in the States- United than you expected. That being said, working as a tour manager and artist manager was way beyond amazing.
It might not have been the 80s, but the 90s music scene was great and being able to work with bands and meet bands like Sister Hazel, Dexter Freebish, Charlie Mars, Train, Collective Soul, Marvelous 3, Drivn n Cyrin, Tonic, Edwin McCain, Col Bruce, Hootie and a gazillion others was a chapter I will never forget.
We all have a soundtrack in our lives. This may or may not include the Motley Crue song “Home Sweet Home” which was my favorite (and this awesome video for the song). One of the bands I worked with in 1999 rented the exact same dirty, dirty red leather tour bus featured in this video that said “rockin’ and rollin'” on the front.
What are the chances? Eventually, the years passed and 90 proof was replaced with sweat tea in most cases (I think that was a Hank Williams Jr. lyric) but man, oh, man, the tunes take you back to a time and place like no other.
The hair may be grayer, the belt a little bigger, regardless of the pandemic and inflation, remember, children, “every night has its dawn, every cowboy sings a sad sad song and every rose has its thorn”.
Kudos to that, kudos to you.
Blake Dowling is CEO of Aegis Business Technologies, author of the book Professionally Distanced and host of the Biz & Tech podcast. You can reach him at [email protected]
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