Dirt - Monday, Mar 31

Well, so much for March coming in like a lion and out like a lamb!  It’s 39 degrees with rain and snow showers.  And it’s opening day with the Mets and Nationals.   Ugh. Meanwhile, something cool that happened in Cambridge, MA this weekend.  No, Harvard fell out of the brackets, but there was a screening of the long anticipated documentary, “Life On The V:  The Story of V-66.”  The film is about this very unique 24-hour music video channel that came on the air in 1985 up in Boston.  V-66 (WVJV-TV) was a video channel for folks in Boston who didn’t have cable (Boston didn’t get wired til the late 80′s)  and you could watch it over regular broadcast on UHF (remember antennas?) MTV feared us because we were more popular in Boston than they were.  We were like a radio station on tv.  With interviews with rock stars and sports stars and gave you the time and temperature and cool music videos.    Anyhow,  there are two enterprising and enthusiast fans of the channel who became budding film directors decided to trace the story of the channel, which was only on the air for just around 2 years (and was sold for a nice profit to the Home Shopping tv folks.)  They interviewed a bunch of the staff, from the owners to the jocks and me (I was the music and talent relations dirctor, and produced two shows that were also on the air there.  ”The New Music Show” and “Guest VJ”  and I did the daily  music news feature we had.)  I remember they did a focus group with a bunch of male viewers between the ages of 18-24.  When they showed my segment, one kid said, “What does she know about Led Zeppelin? She looks old enough to be my mother!” (Note: I was 34 at the time!)  I cringed, but I knew I knew everything about Led Zeppelin and the owners assured me I would remain on the air!   I will never forget that!  LOL   Anyhow, they had a screening last night in Cambridge and I was unable to make it, but a former VJ who’s on the radio in Boston, David O’Leary, just facebooked me to tell me it was great and hopefully there will be another screening next month…..Speaking of tv, today at 1:30 PM ET on the Fox Business Network  channel, David Draiman of Device and Disturbed will talk about going from a rock star musician to a rock star entrepreneur! He’ll join Deidre Bolton on her show,  Risk Reward.   I’m gonna watch!….Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry CantrellJane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins and Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo will participate in this summer’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, running from July 31st through August 3rd at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Instructors will teach campers songs from their own bands and others before wrapping with a joint live performance at the hotel’s House Of Blues. Sounds like a fun one, if you ask me! (Billboard)….Today, Three Days Grace release their new single “Painkiller”  and  the band is our Featured Artist of the Week this week on hardDrive XL with Lou Brutus!  The band officially announced Matt Walst would be the band’s permanent lead singer, replacing Adam Gontier.  Wonder what ever happened to him?  About a year ago we were in touch.  Sounded like he had a solo project coming, but over 12 months later, still nothing.  Hmmmm….Meanwhile, speaking of Lou Brutus, he spent the weekend stalking, I mean, hanging out with Halestorm in Nashville.   And he got the surprise of his life!  The band is using one of his pictures as their tour poster for their European run!   Needless to say, he’s a little stoked. He also ran into Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down, Jake from New Medicine and some other folks.  And Joe Hottinger was in a photo-bombing mood!  LOL  Check it out hereShinedown has released a new music video for “Through The Ghost,” the closing number from the band’s 2012 album Amaryllis. The track is the sixth single to be released from the disc, following hits like “Bully,” “Unity,” “Enemies” and “Adrenaline.” Shinedown is already at work on its fifth studio album, which they plan to document on film for a possible theater release.  Don’t expect any new music ’til 2015….Happy 59th today to my ole pal Angus Young of AC/DC!

 

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