I just posted some brief thoughts and more videos of Jani Lane performing with Warrant and others on the Hard Rock Nights website. Check it out.
I have set a goal for myself: get my screenplay written by the end of May! It’s not as daunting as it sounds…I already have 18 pages written in one night, and I have plenty of nights to work on it! Screenplays are generally 90-120 pages in length, so I’m about 1/5 of the way there.
What about the novel, you ask? Well, I just got stuck…and at only 80 pages, I decided I’m not wordy enough. I can’t bring myself to describe minute details the way most novelists do, and I’m much more interested in dialogue, so I figure a screenplay is the way to go. I already have at least one person willing to read it when I’m finished, and I will of course register it with the WGA. My biggest concern is finding an agent or representative to shop it for me, since I don’t live in Hollywood (nor do I really want to). Hopefully it won’t be as difficult as I fear.
In other news, the radio program is really taking off. I’ve had some great guests on lately, including George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) and Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big). This Saturday I’ll have Joey Allen (Warrant) on the program, and I’m working on possibly getting Rob Halford (Judas Priest) in the near future. Check out the Hard Rock Nights blog and let me know what you think of what I’ve got going on over there.
And on the sports front, meh. I’ve lost so much interest in baseball it’s not funny. My 9-year old son and I will be attending Opening Day for the Reds, and that may rekindle some interest in the sport, but I’m not banking on it. My fandom has waned so much that I’ve canceled my trip to Cooperstown this summer and will instead be attending the Dukes of Hazzard Fan Fest in the Smokey Mountains. Merle Haggard is playing that weekend, so it will be a blast.
My movie watching has been insane lately. I’ve seen “Once Bitten,” “Vampire’s Kiss,” “Twilight,” “Queen Of The Damned,” all within the past two weeks…and those are just the vampire flicks. “Nosferatu” is on the screen right now. A classic, but a bit of a pain to follow at times. I much prefer “Shadow Of The Vampire,” but really some knowledge of “Nosferatu” is essential to enjoying that movie to its fullest.
That’s all for now. It will soon be bedtime, and then work tonight. Hopefully I’ll be able to equal my productivity on the screenplay during my 12-hour shift.
Reunions are cool. No, not high school reunions. Never been to one, never plan on going to one. I’m talking about musical reunions. In the 1990s, we saw the original KISS reform for MTV Unplugged in 1995 and then go on a massive tour in 1996 (I saw them twice that year). Jimmy Page and Robert Plant did a quasi-reunion, again for MTV Unplugged. And then there were the Eagles. Oh yeah, they did Unplugged too. That was back in the day when MTV was still Music Television.
Other bands reunited in the 1990s to less publicity. Guitarist C.C. DeVille came back to Poison; Motley Crue welcomed Vince Neil back to the fold after a failed (but vastly underrated) record with John Corabi.
Now 2008, and reunions are still in style. The Van Halen brothers are touring with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Yes, I know that Michael Anthony is not in the band. To be honest, I don’t really care. The surviving members of Led Zeppelin (plus the son of the deceased drummer) got back together at the end of last year for a supposed one-off show, but they are talking about a full tour beginning this fall.
And another reunion that has not yet been officially announced–but is a done deal–is Warrant. The band released an album in 2006 with former Black ‘N’ Blue lead singer Jamie St. James. It’s really a great rock album, and I highly recommend it to fans of arena rock. But it just wasn’t the same, and everybody knew it. The voice behind “Cherry Pie,” “Heaven,” “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and “Down Boys” is back. The one and only Jani Lane has come back to the fold, and I for one could not be happier. Warrant was one of the great hair metal bands. I would not be surprised to see them on the road opening for Poison in 2008, and I will definitely be in the stands for the show.
Now bring on Guns N’ Roses…the real Guns N’ Roses…Axl, Slash, Izzy, Duff, and Steven.