Friday, November 21, 2008

They can't give them away

How many original members have to leave a band before it turns into a tribute band?
I would think that the current line up of Yes puts them firmly in the tribute column. No Jon Anderson, no Yes. I had trouble being stoked up to see them after Bill Bruford left, so imagine the way I feel about this non Anderson band.

Jon was shocked to learn that the rest of Yes decided to tour without him after Jon came down with a terrible respiratory illness. Plucking BenoƮt David from his low grade, small club tour, and placing him ahead of Jon Anderson is just about the dumbest thing Yes has done since recording Tales From Topographic Oceans.

If you really don't have anything to do, Yes minus Jon Anderson performs here in Milwaukee next weekend. As of this writing, you can pluck fifth row, side boxes for this show. If this were the real Yes, it would have sold out in about a day.

Friday, November 7, 2008


Dolly Parton is probably the nicest country music singer in the business. She quietly amasses millions, all with a big smile on her face. She used to have a t.v. show with Porter Wagner that was sponsored by a soap company named Breeze. I remember that they put towels in the soap boxes.


Dolly and Porter parted ways in the late 1970's. From there, her fame grew larger. She had duo and solo hits for 35 years. She starred in the movies 9 to 5, and Steel Magnolias. Another interesting thing about her life is her marriage. She jokes about her husband, but you can tell that there is strong bond between them. I have never seen the guy on TV or in pictures, and they like to keep it that way. The guy keeps out of the spotlight for sure.


In Milwaukee, she's playing at a small venue. Sadly, the Riverside Theater tickets for this gig are kind of pricey. She can command that price, with all the hits she has.


Dollywood is something I almost forgot to mention. Yes, she owns an amusement park too.