Us & Them: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters rocks the BOK

Us & Them:  Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters rocks the BOK

As I have said many times before, music forms the tapestry that serves as our backdrop of life.  Mine contains a fair amount of the body of work of the group Pink Floyd.  Tulsa’s BOK Center served as the classic rock music center of the universe this past Thursday evening when Roger Waters graced this town with the music of his old group, a progressive rock classic whose latest incarnation ended in 2014.   Mr. Waters also brought with him a political message which contained every bit as much of a signature as did the music he played. Yours Truly was in attendance seated with a special lady friend and many other friends and associates sitting other places including an old Navy Veteran friend from my enlisted days who drove all the way from Houston with his...

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Leftoverture at 40 still crisp by Kansas at 44

Leftoverture at 40 still crisp by Kansas at 44

Online purchase of two tickets, four rows back from Stage Left:  $216.00 Pre-concert dinner of Coneys, Frito Pie and iced tea:  $8.95 The cheapest swag item and two skunky draft beers:  $43.00 Taking in the sounds of one of the most iconic bands of my youth in the same venue where I paid to see my first ever concert forty years ago to the very evening:  PRICELESS!!! You read that correctly.  Forty years ago, on what was then a Friday evening March 25th, 1977, Yours Truly paid his way into the Old Lady on Brady to see his first-ever rock concert.  As I gazed around that grand auditorium before the show last night reminiscing on where I sat as a high school senior awed by the showmanship of the headliner of that Spring Break kickoff rock & roll spectacle, I...

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Goodbye Leon

Goodbye Leon

Last Sunday morning when I was still smarting from the election results with thoughts flashing through my head about things not being able to get any worse, I got jolted back to reality with more sobering news.  When I read in my social media news feed that entertainer Leon Russell had died in his sleep, my heart sank yet further.  As I have stated more than once before, music forms the tapestry that is the backdrop of life.  Among the songs and musical works that form mine, Leon Russell is responsible for a respectable portion of it. Claude Russell Bridges was born in Lawton, Oklahoma.  When he was a small child his family moved to Tulsa.  He was attending Will Rogers High School at the time Yours Truly was born in 1959.  Starting his career in the mid-1950s,...

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Documentary Film Review: Eat That Question–Frank Zappa in his own words

Documentary Film Review:  Eat That Question–Frank Zappa in his own words

Ever since that magical time in my youth when I acquired an eclectic taste for not only his music but the dark humor and excoriating social commentary of Frank Zappa, I have often retreated into my happy place where I keep my personal altar to one of my favorite musical and messaging geniuses.  Of all the great entertainers and enlightened minds that we have lost over the past twenty-five years Zappa ranks among the two I miss the most, the other being Mr. George Carlin.  Tulsa’s Circle Cinema was the venue on Friday evening for the premier of the new documentary film on the life of one of my all time favorite musicians, Eat That Question:  Frank Zappa in his own words.  There was even a Frank Zappa trivia session in the Circle’s gallery before the...

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Lines of battle are drawn

Lines of battle are drawn

It has been quite an eventful week of happenings, some wonderful, some expected and some extremely awful in the nation as well as along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66.  I have been biding my time waiting for things to evolve before offering my meager contribution to the discussion.  Over the past eight days or so I was able to attend another wonderful concert, this one at the Brady Theater.  Brit Floyd, a tribute band that has been wowing audiences for the past five years by playing the music of Pink Floyd with amazing clarity, played to a nearly packed house.  The evening’s highlight was one of the group’s vocalists, Angela Cervantes, performing the Clare Torry solo Great Gig in the Sky with studio quality.  That number alone was...

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Boston at 40 and rockin’ the Joint!

Boston at 40 and rockin’ the Joint!

From the first time I heard More Than A Feeling play on KMOD in early 1977 the signature sound of Boston has been an integral part of the musical tapestry that is the backdrop of my life.  At a stop on their 40th Anniversary Tour, Boston wowed a full house at The Joint of Tulsa’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this past Thursday evening.  From my own anecdotal observation, the median age of this particular audience was well over fifty. One thing that stood out to me from the first note blasting through the state of the art sound system was the authenticity of a band whose signature lead singer has been gone for nearly a decade.  Brad Delp was a tough loss to replace and classic rock purists will insist he can never be adequately equaled in talent.  That said,...

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