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HTownChowDown: "Queen, with Billy Squier opening in 1982. Remarkable show."
bibulb: "I was at the Police/UB40 show in 1983 for the 'Synchronicity' tour, and also Peter Gabriel on the 'Secret World' tour in 1993. And approximately eleventy-zillion 'Holiday on Ice/Ice Capades/Disney on Ice/Sesame Street on Ice' shows in the late '70s. I don't think those are quite in the same league, though."
steveK77536: "My favorite was an Eric Clapton concert that I did not attend. I did attend the Johnnie Johnson (played piano for Chuck Berry) concert at the Satellite Lounge the next night. I learned that Johnson had come in a day early for the Lounge concert and got a call at his room. Clapton wanted to know if he wanted to sit in that night at the Summit. So he did. So 10,000-plus folks instead of a couple of hundred [saw Johnson]. Pretty classy of Clapton (funny he didn't call me, I have a guitar). But I bet I got a better show."
@oompahead: "My favorite shows were the two nights Guns N' Roses and Soundgarden played and the Benson & Hedges Bluesfest show in '91 — John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Etta James and the Fabulous Thunderbirds all in one show. I also saw Andrew Dice Clay there at the peak of his popularity. (Always makes me smile when I drive by Lakewood now.)"
Giving Thanks for New Local Rap
It's almost Thanksgiving time. Election season has ended, and your bellies and ears are itching to pull in more new music before the end of the year. Frankly, Houston's rap contingent has been putting out mixtapes and singles so fast that if you happen to sleep one day, you might miss six of them.
Dante Higgins, Rhymes For Months Trillogy: This is the third edition of Higgins's Rhymes For... series and works much like the last two: Plenty of topics, sharp humor and wit, and "holy shit, did you hear that?" moments.
Best Track: Depends on your mood. Want absolute bar destruction between three Texas rappers? Check the title track, where Doughbeezy (of bald-fade legend) bats leadoff, Propain swings for Killa Cal Wayne and Higgins bats cleanup, literally keeping his stamp on the "Best Lyricist in Houston" title. Extra point to Beezy for enunciating the hell out of "flyer and Piper."
hasHBrown, Rap Mayor II: Landslide: hasH will always have to contend with his producer alter ego in terms of who's better. Some contend his beats are better than his bars; he contends otherwise. What separated the first inauguration of Rap Mayor and the second one (released days before Halloween) is quite simple: hasH is feeling even more pissed off and slighted than usual. Hence everybody is given a snack-pack of tracks, whether they be freestyles, original cuts, remixes, snippets of his upcoming 1994 project or instrumentals. It might be Houston's first à la carte rap release in quite some time.
Best Track: "Southside Virtuoso": Out of all the freestyles that use New York thoughts — as in mostly Jay-Z — this one feels like 1998, swallowed into a vacuum where Maze feat. Frankie Beverly and Charlie Wilson all had a jam session. Astroworld gets a mention, as does Mo City, and hasH sways with every punch line.
Hollywood FLOSS, The Legend Continues: Dude, it's a mixtape cover made from a Legend of Zelda cartridge. ZELDA. That alone would merit mention here, but the true fun lies in the fact that TLC is essentially Hollywood going East Coast, with features from Termanology and Thee Tom Hardy, while also making his Texas roots known with locals Nosaprise and Fat Tony on board. Plus, Chris Rockaway is here for plenty of the production, so not only can Legend be quickly digested, it can be beloved as well.
Best Track: "Ridin' Feelin' Good." The '70s blaxploitation feel of the claps and guitar waahs meshes easily with Fat Tony's trip through childhood, but FLOSS makes it more than known that it's his track by slowing his flow down to a whisper and begging the question, "Where the hoes at?" Mitt Romney asked this question when digging through his binders Tuesday night, trust. BRANDO
The 5 Best Songs From The Twilight Soundtracks
Like most writers who aren't named Stephenie Meyer, I find the Twilight novels an abhorrent abomination and a great offense to the written word. I assume the movies are the same to serious filmmakers. But Twilight presents me with a unique problem. Having one foot in the world of writing and literature, I feel compelled to hate anything and everything associated with it. But with the other foot in the world of music, I have to admit: The movie soundtracks are totally awesome.
Way back when the first Twilight film was announced in 2008, it came as a shock that legitimate artists were on the soundtrack. I mean, how could that be possible? Shouldn't it be filled with the kind of garbage that I presume the fans of the movies would listen to? But now it's just something to accept. Twilight soundtracks almost always contain some great songs by some of the best artists around today, such as these five.