CORONAVIRUS! Part 21 (Sat-Sun, and 4-20 Monday)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 21 (Sat-Sun, and 4-20 Monday)

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Remember we did yard work last week?
Trimmed the trees and now the backyard looks pretty good.

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“Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door!”

3:30pm We are taking the weekend off from blogging our forced lockdown. But….
we just caught the very end of the Orange Turd’s daily jerkoff session for the Press,
and TRUMP IS CRAZY! NUTS! TOTAL WACKO! ABSOLUTELY FUCKING INSANE! 

On The Menu: Ordered another sausage and meatball pizza from D’Amore’s!
And had it delivered around 3pm in the afternoon because we were hungry.
(ordered an extra-large and had it for lunch and dinner)
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9:30pm Ate some pizza for lunch, played with the dogs, took a nap, ate some pizza for dinner and tuned in to Saturday’s evening’s entertainment airing on ABC, CBS and NBC simultaneously. And also on the interweb everywhere!

A REAL SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL!
One World: Together At Home

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A Triple Shot of Comedy: Jimmy, Stephen, and Jimmy!

Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Fallon hosted
a celebration in support of frontline Healthcare Workers
fighting the deadly COVID-19 CoronaVirus Pandemic!

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YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT!

Ladies and Gentlemen, THE ROLLING STONES!
And Lady Gaga, Jack Black, Taylor Swift, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson, Lizzo, Sir Paul McCartney, and The Roots w/Jimmy Fallon!
Also Annie Lennox, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Joe Armstrong, The Killers, and many more artists from around the world.

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Jimmy Fallon and The Roots “SAFETY DANCE!”

TOO MUCH STUFF IN-BETWEEN THE COOL PERFORMANCES, c’mon play music!

Pizza for dinner.

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Sausage and meatball pizza from D’Amore’s

Sunday, April 19, 2020 – It’s Bicycle Day!

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“Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle,
I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle,
I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike”

On April 19th, 1943, Albert Hofmann, a chemist for Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, tested an experimental drug on himself and ingested a minute amount (250 micrograms) of a compound synthesized from the rye fungus, ergot. Less than an hour later, he was “tripping” and was the first person to experience the mind-altering effects of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide). Because of WWII restrictions, he and his assistant rode their bicycles home from work, giving the historic day its name.

“I did not choose LSD; LSD found and called me.” – Albert Hofmann
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“I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.”

1:30pm We woke up early. Dogs. Went back to bed.
Woke up again, dogs! And went back to bed. And woke up again.
Dogs outside and made an espresso. Doing a load of laundry too.

SUNDAY! SUNDAY!
It’s overcast and gray, but not cold, here in the valley today.

4:30pm We played with the dogs outside and then made a big pot of steak chili.

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On The Menu: Twice baked potato smothered in spicy steak chili (with beans, bacon and sausage) and cheese and crushed tortilla chips

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11:30pm We played with the dogs outside and took a nice hot shower!
And then we fell asleep, and then we woke up around 3:30am.

NOTE: We did watch the Orange Turd’s Sunday evening jerkoff session for the Press.

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TRUMP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THOUSANDS OF U.S. DEATHS!

Trump was briefed about Coronavirus in January!
He called it a hoax, a conspiracy theory, ignored it
and of course, Trump lied about it!

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March 13: “I take no responsibility.”

TRUMP IS A LIAR! He is an immediate threat to the United States!
HE IS AN ENEMY OF THE STATE AND A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER!
ALWAYS BLAMING SOMEONE ELSE! TRUMP IS A TOTAL FAILURE!
BAT-SHIT CRAZY INSANE BEHAVIOR! EVERYDAY IT GETS WORSE!
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
DO NOT FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVICE FROM TRUMP! HE IS NOT A DOCTOR!
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!
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THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ARE RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE DEATHS OF THOUSANDS OF UNITED STATES CITIZENS!
LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP!
FAILURE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH!
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES!
WILL YOU AND YOUR FAMILY DIE FOR TRUMP’S ECONOMY?

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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

Hey, it’s the 4-20 Bunny! “At 4:20 on 4-20-2020 there will be four twenties.”

Monday, April 20, 2020 – It’s 4-20 EVERYWHERE!

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Today should be a National Holiday! Party across the USA!
Monday is 4-20. April is 4-20 all month. Happy 4-20-2020!

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GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) 4:20 =
4:20 pm on the 20th in the UK
5:20 pm on the 20th in Germany
3:20 am on the 21st in New Zealand
1:20 am on the 21st in Australia EST
8:20 am on the 20th in California
11:20 am on the 20th in New York

On The Menu: Choice of Platinum Skunk, Lemon Diesel, Strawberry-Banana,
Platinum OG, Boss OG, Old Pal, Banjo, Caesar, Lime, Homegrown, Black Hash,
Kanha (peach flavored) chews and 3 kinds of vapes. Party On!

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8:20am And the dogs went outside and got fed breakfast and then we got the papers.
We had some orange juice, an espresso, and the last of the banana bread we made last week (it was frozen and thawed out last night). And now we are Monday AM chillin’.

Toasted cheese sandwich for lunch.
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Amazing Afternoon Entertainment! Monday 4-20 Festival on the Interweb!

Weedmaps “Higher Together 2020”, Willie and Lukas Nelson host the Luck Reunion “Come and Toke It” on TwitchTV, the “Highstream 420 Festival” on youtube, Moonalice “Gathering of the Tribes” (shelter-in-place edition) on Facebook live, and more!

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Luck Presents: Come and Toke It! 4/20 at 4:20 PM with Willie and Lukas Nelson and Friends! Willie and Lukas telling jokes with Tommy Chong! Disco Biscuits concert!
Mike Tyson sez “Hapthy 4-20!” and OH NO! A 4-20 Party with Joey “CoCo” Diaz!
The Chambers Brothers on Full Moonalice!

Happy Four Twenty!
Jeff Bridges sings for Willie
On the interweb!

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8:30pm Well we were going to do stuff today, but maybe tomorrow instead.
Dogs are fed and they’ve been outside and now they’re laying down again.
And the coyotes are outside in the neighborhood tonight.

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Somebody in programming was paying attention.

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So, now it’s after midnight on Tuesday morning, around 12:30am

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Alan Parsons Live Project LIVE! at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

Alan Parsons Live Project LIVE!
at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills
Friday, February 7, 2020
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In 2018 Alan Parsons received the Grammy award for Best Immersive Audio Album after being previously nominated 13 times! And they also played at Burning Man! The band opened with about 50 minutes of hits and performed the entire album “I, Robot”, finishing up with an encore at Reverbia camp.

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And so, because we missed them at Burning Man, we bought a ticket to the show!
Our original ticket was for the front row of the Mezzanine, and they were upgrading tickets because it was far from a sellout show. At first, we declined the upgraded ticket, but when we got to our seat, the band’s photographer was setting up a video camera directly in front of where we’d be sitting. So we found the General Manager and he gave us a good ticket in the Orchestra section (Row B).

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The seat was excellent, and the seats on both sides were empty, so no stranger’s elbows, knees or other physical intrusions to contend with. And sitting right behind us was invited celebrity Adam Carolla (from KROQ radio, “The Man Show”, “Crankyankers”, “Loveline”, and his famous podcast) and his friend who was “with the band.”
NOTE: the friend was “Chatty Cathy” all through the show giving Adam a running commentary on the music, the band, and his connections…. luckily the music was loud enough that it pretty much drowned out their conversation. It was cool when Alan Parsons dedicated and played the song “La Sagrada Familia” during the show per Adam Corolla’s request and gave him a shout out.  Adam yells “YOU’RE WELCOME BITCHES!” 

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“How do you get to Vilshire?”

“Is that you John Wayne?” or is it Larry Flynt?
It’s the John Wayne statue in front of the 10 story oval shaped bronze colored Flynt Building at 8484 Wilshire Blvd and La Cienega Blvd in Beverly Hills, 90210. The land was once a miniature golf course owned by Mary Pickford in the 1930’s. Built in 1972, it was originally the Great Western Savings Bank building, and John Wayne was their TV pitchman. When he died in 1979 they erected the cowboy statue. Great Western sold the building to Larry Flynt and “Hustler” magazine in 1994 for $18.3 million, and then Flynt sold the building for $89 million in 2013 to the Douglas Emmett company, and signed a long term office lease with them.

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THE SABAN THEATRE – 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills 90210
The historic Art Deco Fox Wilshire Theatre was designed by architect S. Charles Lee and opened in September 1930. It was a 2500 seat movie palace with a stage for performance. In 1981 it was converted to a performance venue and in 2009 it was renamed the Saban Theatre (after a $5 million dollar grant from Haim and Cheryl Saban). The Temple of the Arts, a Jewish religious organization, has owned and operated the building since 2005. The building is on the National and State Registry of Historic Places and has also been designated a Beverly Hills Landmark. The lighting, sound, and event space was redone and the theatre now seats ~2000 people in the orchestra, mezzanine and balcony.

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You Have Been Warned!

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We arrived early and found metered street parking on La Cienega close to Wilshire! The meters weren’t active so we parked for FREE! We walked two blocks to the Saban Theatre and picked up our ticket at WillCall. There weren’t a lot of people out front, just people stopping before going in, and a couple of guys looking for a ticket to the show…. but it wasn’t sold out, so it wasn’t quite clear why they were looking for tickets.

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Alan Parsons Live Project Merchandise For Sale

We went inside, cleared Security and the metal detectors, and entered the beautiful rotunda lobby. Beer and wine bar on the left, merchandise booth on the right, hard alcohol bar straight ahead, and Men’s room upstairs. We checked out the space, bought a small bottled water for $3.00 and used the restroom upstairs before it got busy. We also went to our seat in the Mezzanine and scoped out the Balcony while we were upstairs, and that’s when we encountered the band’s photographer. So we went downstairs, spoke with the Manager, and then went to our new seat in the Orchestra.

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The Hard Alcohol Bar in the Lobby of the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills

It’s a beautiful proscenium arch theatre that’s been restored to reflect the original design by S. Charles Lee while being adapted for modern concerts and Broadway shows. The Art Deco interior was lit with purple and blue lighting to enhance the complex design details.

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THE SHOW!
Started at a little late after 9pm and they played a fantastic 45 minute long first set. There was half hour intermission and then they played another great hour long second set with encore. The show ended just before 11:30pm.

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The Alan Parsons Live Project at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills 2-7-2020

THE SET LIST:
(and with the exception of a few songs from “I, Robot”
it was pretty close to the show they played at Burning Man)

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THE BAND:
Alan Parsons – guitar, vocals, keyboard
P.J. Olsson – vocals
Jeff Kolman – lead guitar, vocals
Todd Cooper – guitar, saxophone, vocals, flute
Dan Tracey – guitar, vocals
Guy Erez – bass guitar
Danny Thompson – drums
Tom Brooks – keyboards

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The Alan Parsons Live Project at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills 2-7-2020

Such a talented group of gifted musicians! And they rocked! We had a conversation at Intermission with our seat neighbor about how good the band was, how some classic bands just don’t have it anymore, and how this was not the case with Alan Parsons. And the technical aspects of the show were also terrific. They had a great sound system and a good light show, but of course the music was the star of the show.

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They are touring in support of their new music “The Secret” available on all formats now.

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Alan Parsons (official website)> http://www.alanparsons.com
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Alan Parsons Art & Science of Sound Recording> http://www.artandscienceofsound.com
(You can pay to view his groundbreaking video series on music production)
NOTE:
Alan Parsons engineered Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon
and countless other classic hit records!

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Pink Floyd – “Dark Side of the Moon”

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Dead & Co. Summer Tour 2016 – On The Road (again)!

Dead & Co. Summer Tour 2016 – On The Road (again)!

Dead & Company headlined Sunday, June 12th at Bonnaroo 2016 in Manchester, Tennessee and are now on the road for a two month summer tour!

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Dead&Co. LIVE at Bonnaroo – Photo Credit: Brande Jackson

The two sets from Sunday were livestreamed via Bonnaroo website and Redbull TV. Most of the live streaming coverage over the weekend was unwatchable because of connection problems, but the Dead&Co. stream we watched was mostly smooth. There were also a few livestreams from the audience on Periscope broadcast during the show.

Donna Jean joined the band onstage for the first time.

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Dead&Co. LIVE at Bonnaroo – Photo Credit: Emilio Roberts

After the encore, at the end of their performance, Bob Weir made a brief personal statement on the Mass Shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida that killed 50 human beings and injured 53 other people and the horrible comments by right-wing hate mongers that followed.

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After referencing Georgia congressman Rick Allen (who said gays were worthy of death) and Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (who said gay Orlando murder victims were reaping what they sow), Bob continued, “Now, I wanna ask a question. How different are these peoples’ world views from the world views of the people with ISIS? It’s the same hatred. They pull those hatreds out of different books.”

Dead & Company SUMMER TOUR 2016!

June 9 Manchester, TN–Bonnaroo
June 10 Charlotte, NC–PNC Music Pavilion
June 16 Cincinnati, OH–Riverbend Music Center
June 17 Noblesville, IN–Klipsch Music Center
June 20 Camden, NJ–BB&T Pavilion
June 21 Saratoga Springs, NY–SPAC
June 23 Bristow, VA–Jiffy Lube Live
June 25 New York, NY–Citi Field
June 26 New York, NY–Citi Field
June 28 Hartford, CT–Xfinity Theatre
July 2 Boulder, CO–Folsom Field
July 3 Boulder, CO–Folsom Field
July 7 Clarkston, MI–DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 9 East Troy, WI–Alpine Valley
July 10 East Troy, WI–Alpine Valley
July 13 Burgettstown, PA–First Niagara Pavilion
July 15 Boston, MA–Fenway Park
July 16 Boston, MA–Fenway Park

ADDED RECENTLY:

Jul. 22  Moda Center Portland, OR United States  
Jul. 23  The Gorge Amphitheatre George, WA United States  
Jul. 26  Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Irvine, CA, United States  
Jul. 27  Sleep Train Amphitheatre Chula Vista, CA United States  
Jul. 29  Toyota Amphitheatre Wheatland, CA United States  
Jul. 30  Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA United States  

 

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Paul Simon LIVE at the Hollywood Bowl!

Paul Simon LIVE at the Hollywood Bowl!

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Paul Simon LIVE at the Hollywood Bowl!

A warm Summer Wednesday evening and we’re off to Hollywood and the Hollywood Bowl! Traffic wasn’t too bad until we reached the Highland exit off the 101 freeway. They still haven’t figured out how to move traffic in and out of the Hollywood Bowl without a 20 minute wait!

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The Hollywood Sign as seen from the Hollywood Bowl

We planned ahead and arrived early enough, paid $25 to stack park in Lot B, walked up the hill to the cheaper “nosebleed” seats in section S ($52.50 + fees), and ate our picnic dinner (from home) BEFORE the opening act hit the stage at 8pm.

On The Menu: Subway sandwich (oven roasted chicken), dill pickles, carrots & celery, blueberries & raspberries, chocolate chip cookie and a bottled water.

No Cans or Bottles allowed for this concert so they can charge RIPOFF PRICES:
$10-14 for a beer and $16 for a plastic glass of wine!

NOTE: People were still just coming in at 9pm for a show with a start time of 7:30pm. It’s a real problem for the people seated on the benches because there’s no room to walk by someone who’s seated. It’s really annoying when someone arrives late and disrupts the performance for everyone seated behind them. Also it’s just RUDE to arrive late!

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Paul Simon at the Hollywood Bowl – Opening Act

Paul Simon didn’t take the stage until 9pm! So there was a lot of sitting and waiting between the Opening Act and the start of the concert…

We Periscoped from the concert and posted our videos on YouTube:
“50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”, “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”>”You Can Call Me Al”, “Graceland” and “Sound of Silence”. You can watch them here or on our YouTube Channel: The JoshWillTravel AdventureScope (see the link at the bottom of this Blog)

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Paul Simon at the Hollywood Bowl

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Paul Simon at the Hollywood Bowl – Encore #1: “Graceland”

He played until 11pm. It was a good show! The sound was great, and even though we were so far away that we’re still not sure how many people were in the band, we enjoyed it.

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Paul Simon at the Hollywood Bowl – Encore #3: “Sound of Silence”

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As of today, April 23, 2016 there is no more #Katch and the Katch.me website will be shutting down as of May 4th. All saved videos will be deleted…

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Saved Periscope videos on Katch now on YouTube!

UP PERISCOPE! HELLO PERISCOPE!

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SELF-BROADCASTING! The way of the future.
If you’re following this Blog, you know Periscope is my current obsession!

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MARCH 2016

Hard Rain! Thunder & Lightning
Thunder, Lightning & Rain!

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Ride With Me To North Hollywood
Going to the Beach: Malibu Beach Walk With Me
Going to the Beach: Topanga Cyn to the Sea  Ride With Me

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Thursday Afternoon at Malibu Beach

Saturday Midnight on Mulholland
Sherman Oaks Galleria
Hey Monday!
Monday 4:20 Good Morning!

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Sunrise at Stonehenge @thehistoryguy

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Sunrise at Stonehenge @thehistoryguy #Dronehenge

Sunrise at Stonehenge LIVE: Dan Snow @thehistoryguy and an expert on site with one camera inside the stone circle and one drone camera up in the air!

FEBRUARY 2016

Rockin’ Blues
More Rockin’ Blues
Even More Rockin’ Blues

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John Németh Blues Band at Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Pasadena

Cop Stop NOHO
Friday In The Park
Wednesday Walkin The Dog In The Park take 2
Walkin The Dog In The Park pt 1 and pt 2
Getting Burgers at the Habit Grill

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Double CharBurger with Cheese from The Habit Grill

Midnight Thoughts At 1am
Los Encinos Park With The Dog
It’s Friday! BangTheDrum
Going to NOHO Ride With Me Down Ventura Blvd
Walkin Lake Balboa Park pt 1
Tuesday Afternoon in Lake Balboa Park pt 2
Full Moon Saturday Night Live In The SFV

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Full Moon Over the San Fernando Valley

Friday! Bang The Drum!
Scrambled Eggs
Untitled (My First Scope!)

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The Who LIVE in Toronto with @Concertaholics

 

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Gyro-copter Over Dubai with @LiterallyAnika

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New York City Sunset from The Empire State Building with @GeoffGolberg

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Rooftop Sunset Over Downtown Los Angeles

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Some Music Videos I Worked On:

FLASHBACK FRIDAY!

Let’s tale a little trip down memory lane…if I can remember.

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Music! Video! Combine the two and you have MTV when it was Music Television.

I used to work Freelance Production for film, television, video, commercials, theater and live events. Here are some of the Music Videos I worked on in the early 90s:

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Why Do I Keep F*ckin’ Up?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKaDCP-wKr8

Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Mansion On The Hill”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1WpgTzf8nk

Oil Factory Inc. Directed by Billy Poveda and Bernard Shakey Set PA, Runner, Driver, Grip and Art Department Shot both videos in a week at the Troubadour, a house on West Adams and in, around and under Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles.

Day 1: We set up at the Troubadour for the live performance shots. We had a small hiccup in production when Neil showed up. Billy the director thought that Neil would just lip-sync to audio playback but Neil wanted to perform it live, so we had to get a big P.A. system ASAP because Neil also wanted it LOUD. Once the speakers arrived, they played both songs live a bunch of times and shot a ton of film. It was pretty cool because Neil wanted to play to an audience, so I got to be as close as the cameraman is in the video to the live performance. And you have to hand to Crazy Horse (Ralphie, Poncho and Billy) because they rock hard and they were great guys to hang with! I also got to meet Larry, Neil’s Guitar Tech (who plays banjo in the “Heart of Gold” concert video directed by Jonathan Demme).

Days 2, 3 and 4: We shot in, around and under Queen of Angel’s Hospital. The hospital and chapel scenes were shot there. The gas station scenes (and a funeral procession that was cut) were shot around the neighborhood. Neil’s wife Pegi is the beautiful woman sitting with him in the limosine. And the steam tunnel shots were shot under the hospital and we had to get some serious air conditioning units because the lights and crew added to the already high temperature underground.

On Day 4 we went to prep the house for the next day. Day 5: We shot at a rundown house on West Adams hill. We had to clean it before we could dress it for shooting. I had to clean 10 years of dirt and grime off every windowpane in the house and the glass doors that Neil enters through. I couldn’t say, “I don’t do windows”. And then they wanted us to cover them with gauze! The shoot went late and the strike went into early morning before we wrapped. One of the most surreal moments of my life was sitting with Neil Young in his dressing room as his trainer worked him out and listening to him curse MTV for censoring his work. Later he would win an MTV Award for best video for his anti-sponsorship song “This Note’s For You!” Bernard Shakey is Neil Young, and he had a big hand in directing and editing the project. I think the video came out pretty good. But you decide for yourself.

Alice Cooper – ABC’s “In Concert ’91” (magic screen and title animation): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyh82mIwT6U 

Television series Directed by Marty Callner Stargate Films Inc. visual and optical Effects, main title graphics and promos Asst Production Coordinator, PA/Runner/Driver, Craft Service & Catering Special Effects Assistant

Alice Cooper – “Hey Stoopid!”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcAl93uEYUA

Alice Cooper – “Hey Stoopid!” Tour (stage production & L.A. rehearsals) “Feed My Frankenstein” from “Wayne’s World”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO2cHJmDkBg

“Hey Stoopid!” music video and Magic Screen effect at Stargate Films Inc. and L.A. Tour Production and Rehearsals for Nightmare Inc. (as seen on ABC’s “In Concert ’91”, music videos, and “Wayne’s World”)

Alice Cooper “Hey Stoopid!” scene with Pauly Shore from MTV’s “Totally Pauly”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjCybElolYk (a funny interstitial skit from MTV that they shot with Alice torturing Pauly Shore on stage)

Poison – “So Tell Me Why” (cool pyrotechnics by Academy Award winner Joe Viskocil): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1NkhR5hFZE  

Stargate Films Inc. visual, practical, pyrotechnic and optical effects Asst Production Coordinator, PA/Runner/Driver, Craft Service & Catering Special Effects Assistant (worked with pyrotechnican Joe Viskocil – Oscar winner for “Independence Day” on this, “Highlander II”, and HBO’s “Afterburn”) Oh yeah, it blew up real good!

NOTE: Leon, the gray haired gentleman was an award winning cinematographer and Jerry, the African-american gentleman was a production coordinator at Stargate Films.

Ozzy Osbourne – “Mama I’m Coming Home”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRCSxArdOtw

Ozzy Osbourne – “No More Tears” (there was a PCB fire emergency on set!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykA0dAr6ASQ

Stargate Films Inc. visual and optical effects Asst Production Coordinator, PA/Runner/Driver, Craft Service & Catering Special Effects Assistant

Cameo – “Emotional Violence” (had to listen to this playback all night long!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzjAvNjbJXw

The End Productions Set PA Shot at Lacy Street Studios in downtown Los Angeles

Alice in Chains – “Sea of Sorrow” (original video in color): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxZv3LDNFrw

The Oil Factory, Inc. directed by Billy Poveda Set PA, Runner, Driver, Grip and Art Department Shot at the Chaplin Stage at A&M Records (now the Jim Henson Studios) RIP Layne Staley and Mike Starr (I met them both, and they were cool guys.)

Lavar – “Vanilla Melt” (with a FUCKIN’ TIGER on set!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgufrn8FXmQ

Oil Factory Inc. Directed by Billy Poveda PLEASE NOTE: I don’t work with F*CKING TIGERS!!!!! (or any other large animals that might kill me and eat me, thank you very much) They had the tiger doped up and overfed, but at one point it decided it wanted to go “over there” and so the 800 pound tiger pulled it’s handler across the stage. Beautiful animal and the footage was cool, but I’ve always been against the exploitation of wild animals. Today they’d probably just CGI it in. “Never get out of the boat….a f*ckin’ tiger man!”

Animal Logic – “Rose Coloured Glasses”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXKpxEDVzJY

Oil Factory Inc. directed by Billy Poveda and Dave Stewart Deborah Holland, Stewart Copeland, Stanley Jordan Set PA, Runner, Driver, Grip and Art Department

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UPDATE: Here’s the “Rock the Vote” PSA‘s from 1991 we worked on>

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Iggy Pop reads the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. He is gradually having tape wrapped around his body. At the end, the tape covers his mouth. “Express yourself. Vote.” (I was the guy wrapping him in cellophane tape!)

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I finally found the Iggy Pop PSA! The page has links to all the spots I worked on!
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1990 ROCK THE VOTE ANTHONY KIEDIS RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS PSA!
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UPDATE! 11-28-16 I just discovered that they shot this too while I was off set on runs! After almost 30 years… Neil Young “Farmer John” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXOeNLs0EBY

03-JUL-12: Downtown Los Angeles from up high!

Downtown Los Angeles from up high!

That’s a new Courtyard by Marriott being built.

Taken from the 25th floor of the Ritz Carlton L.A. Live in Downtown.

Downtown Los Angeles from up high!

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17-JUN-13: Staples Center at L.A Live – Downtown Los Angeles

Staples Center at L.A Live – Downtown Los Angeles

Staples Center at L.A Live - Downtown Los Angeles

Staples Center at L.A Live  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

And here are a few more random pics from Staples Center and L.A. Live:

Staples Center (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Staples Center (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Staples Center - Chick Hearn Plaza

Staples Center – Chick Hearn Plaza (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Staples Center - view from above (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Staples Center – view from above (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Plaza - L.A. Live

The Plaza – L.A. Live  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Grammy Museum at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Grammy Museum at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

In the Lobby of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

In the Lobby of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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The Hollywood Hucksters at Lucy’s 51 in Burbank

The Hollywood Hucksters at Lucy’s 51 in Burbank

Lucy's 51 in Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lucy’s 51 in Burbank  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Lucy's 51 in Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lucy’s 51 in Burbank  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Waiting for a drink at Lucy's 51 in Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Waiting for a drink at Lucy’s 51 in Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lucy's 51 in Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lucy’s 51 in Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Hollywood Hucksters at Lucy's 51 in Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Hucksters at Lucy’s 51 in Burbank  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Hucksters at Lucy's 51 in Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Hucksters at Lucy’s 51 in Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Hucksters at Lucy's 51 in Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Hucksters at Lucy’s 51 in Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Hucksters at Lucy's 51 in Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Hucksters at Lucy’s 51 in Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hey it's Marc DeCarlo from "Studs" and his wife at Lucy's 51 in Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hey it’s Marc DeCarlo from “Studs” and his wife at Lucy’s 51 in Burbank
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