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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 720 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

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2010 SHOWS



There are tons of Led Zeppelin covers bands- some are really good and some are really bad.   Dread Zeppelin gets a really bad rap for being a “novelty” act and is dismissed as a joke band, which is total garbage.  These guys are excellent musicians, and, although people take exception to an Elvis impersonator doing reggae versions of Led Zeppelin tunes, this is some seriously good music.   From the quirky 8-string guitarist, to the incredible bass player, to the awesome keyboard playing, percussion and drumming, you really can’t go wrong with this band.   They do more than just Led Zep covers.     Some of the music and the act is cheesy by design, but once you get past the gimmicky, low-budget Las Vegas lounge act vibe, there is so much to discover and appreciate in their playing and ingenious renditions of the tunes.

Mark Schwind and I were completely besides ourselves when we heard about this show.    This was my third time seeing Dread Zeppelin- I caught them in 2010 at The Canyon to a fairly sizeable crowd and  in 2011 at The Key Club with a very small audience.   Both times, they played great sets.  This Club Nokia show was by far the largest venue to date that I’ve seen them perform at.  They were the opening act for the headliners (Super Diamond), which is quite a different audience demographic and contrasting styles of music.

Dread Zeppelin came out and played an intimate show for Mark Schwind and a few others in attendance.   They ripped it up- Led Zep songs reggae style, Viva Las Vegas, Big Old Gold Belt- they rocked it.   Conspicuous by his absence was bass player Bob Knarley.   He was replaced by a new bass player- Fred Zeppelin.   Fred was awesome, but I was planning on seeing Bob.   Anyhow, the show was as good as expected.   We also stayed for a few Super Diamond songs.  That band is awesome- the singer doesn’t really sound like Neil Diamond to me, but the band sure can play….   Anyhow, we left early to beat Laker traffic.  It was the smart thing to do….






End of 2011- the start of my concert book from all the work this year

In 2011, I hit up 73 concerts and many other events and tapings of a musical nature that don’t really “qualify” as concerts.  Of the 73 (done over and 11 month span), I thoroughly enjoyed about 50 of them and only regretted going to between 5-10 of them, but they were all for the sake of research in one way or another.     Of the 73 shows, I only paid full price for a few of them.  Oftentimes, I’d enjoy tremendously discounted ticket prices or have been on the guest list.   Many times, I’ve gone to events with unused tickets that are sitting in a box because I didn’t try hard enough to give them away.   

I’m running behind in publishing my concert eBook that will explain current concert trends and a lot of the tricks, tips and observations that I will share from my personal experiences in planning and attending events.    Whether there are 50 people or 50,000 people at a show, there is a way to come and go without making it too hard on all involved.   I have a lot of experience that will make for a good read of these subjects. I’ve also been a lazy blogger this year and have done a mediocre job at reviewing concerts.   I’ve purposefully withheld some of the details that I would rather include in the publication. 

By using some of the techniques I’ve learned or improved during 2011, I will cover some strategies I’ve developed to make it easy on the wallet, while still maximizing enjoyment for different concerts such as metal, rock, blues, jazz, new wave and many other musical styles.   If you have a budget for 5 concerts this year, you may be able to stretch it out to 10 shows or more, depending on how you plan and what’s involved.

Here are some of the topics I am going to cover in my book:

Going VIP, but not paying hundreds to do it

Going on a shoe string budget

Ticketing- retail, cheap seats/ discount, papering, guest list/ comps

Free shows

Ticket box office trick

Ticketmaster trick

Upgrading your seats

Capturing memories- cameras, blogging, filming your friends reactions after shows, etc.

Small venues, theaters, larger venues, festivals

General admission



Scams in parking lots



Set Lists

Set Times

Cell Phone


Concert tricks….

Concert “kits”

Going alone versus with a friend, date or a group

Sound quality considerations/ ear plugs

Meeting the artist

Exit strategy

Meeting people


Security staff

Being safe

Using technology and Social Media to your advantage, BOTH BEFORE And AFTER THE SHOW

I’ve written my book in bits and pieces and it’s time to assemble and edit it for publication.  Some of it is common sense, but a lot of it is the result of a lot of thought, practice and execution.    I’m not giving away every last one of my secrets, but in attending shows with many different people over the years, reading this will definitely “up your concert game” in quite a few ways.

Please visit my new blog: for more details and information on the shows I am attending this year.

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