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Posted: June 22, 2012 in Blues, Classic Rock, Garage Rock, Gigs, Hard Rock, Performance, Rock

“Bands in Review” is separate blog I run in association with my new business, Northwest Indiana Talent (NWI Talent). This is a review I did of the band Flash-Point performing live at Growlers in Highland Indiana. Enjoy!

Bands in Review


Growlers On Highway – Highland, Indiana  –  Saturday, June 16, 2012

Reference Set: Set 1

  1. Green River – Credence Clearwater Revival
  2. Hard To Handle – Otis Redding/Black Crowes
  3. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
  4. Blood and Roses – The Smithereens
  5. Tush – ZZ Top
  6. Gimmie Three Steps – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  7. The Weight – The Band
  8. All Along the Watchtower – Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix
  9. Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
  10. Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent
  11. Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughn
  12. Drift Away – Dobie Gray
  13. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple

Flash-Point, a local area Classic Rock/Modern Rock group out of Griffith, Indiana, is a band that can rock with the best of ’em!

Opening their show promptly at 10 PM, Flash-Point got the joint jumping by kicking things off with the CCR classic, “Green River.”  Progressing effortlessly through their set, they had something for everybody:…

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While in Italy, the Mad Poets’ very own Chris Ludwig recorded UFOs hovering over the Roman Coliseum at night with his cell phone!

No, we mean it!  REALLY!  Chris recorded a UFO sighting!

When he first TOLD the other MPs about the sighting, we sort of looked at each other and thought that it must have been a result of the Italian “vino” he was undoubtedly…”tasting” at the time.  I mean, hey, this is Chris we’re talking about!  THEN we saw the recording.

Watch the video for yourself and look for the following:

Check out the formation, appearing somewhat like the Big Dipper – only MOVING!  Do you think the Italian Air Force could’ve pulled that off?!  Notice the bottom two points closing their distance.  Looking closely, you can see the points of light alternating colors!  Also, the audio records absolutely no engine or jet noise.  Chris also stated that as he was later watching them, they all of a sudden disappeared.

We’re going to send this video file to Art Bell and Dan Ackroyd.

Great sighting, Chris!

(A recent response of mine regarding the classical music works of Paul McCartney…)

Classical music listeners AWAKE!  If you can’t find “it” in the works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Stravinsky, and all the artists before, after, or in between those I just listed, you probably won’t find “it” at all.  One thing is for sure – you will NEVER find “it” in the over-indulgent, “classical” works of rock artists – not even in the works of Emerson, Lake and Palmer (who I greatly admire).

And now, for a bit of a diatribe…

Unfortunately, when many artists become well-known, famous, sell a lot of wares (whatever those wares may be), they sometimes become a little too over-confident that their gifts will automatically transcend into ALL areas of the fine arts.  Across the board, actors become musicians, musicians become actors, painters become authors, and authors begin to paint.  There are WAY too many examples of this to list here.

It also happens when successful artists in one area of music try their hand in another.  One of the most infamous examples was when Garth Brooks released that Chris Gaines album.  Was it successful?  Eh…yes – financially.  But the album came out at a time when people would have paid money to see Garth Brooks stand alone on stage, reading from a dictionary.  Artistically, the album is tripe.

How about that foray Harry Connick, Jr. took into the world of rock?  That worked out about as well as Pat Boone’s heavy metal album.  Ouch.

How about the current trend of talented legends performing old standards.  Come on, guys – really?  Double-ouch.

This happens even in the sports world.  Remember when Michael Jordan woke up one morning and decided that he was a great baseball player?  Triple-ouch.

My beloved Beatles are not immune.  To this day, there are people who absolutely believe that John Lennon was a great artist in drawing and painting.  He absolutely WAS NOT.  To say otherwise would be like saying that artist/painter Stuart Sutcliffe was a great bass player!  Drawing on your own, in your spare time for fun or as a stress release is one thing, but to pretend even in your own mind that you are rock and roll’s answer to Picasso is just plain silly.  It’s just about as silly as the Merry Widow authorizing lithographs of your noodlings to sell to the masses at overly inflated prices.

Paul McCartney, who stated to Musician Magazine in 1980 that he would never “bore myself stiff” writing a classical piece of music seems intent on doing just that.  Only it is the public who he is boring, not himself.  To quote another fairly famous musician remarking about McCartney’s quality of work when he wasn’t really trying, “The sound you make is Muzak to my ears.”

One last thing –

Paul, dear Paul:

  • Stop feeling the need to constantly justify yourself publically regarding your role in the music world.  All those efforts are not needed, and are a huge waste of your time.  You’re one of the greatest artists of the last half century, if not all time – act like it;
  • Do what you do, and do it well;
  • That doesn’t mean that we want you to write or re-write us another Band on the Run, or Venus and Mars, or Tug of War, or even another Hey Jude.  We don’t need new ones – we already have the originals, which are perfect.  Just keep writing and recording what you do best.  It’s okay – get back to where you once belonged.  The well isn’t dry yet, is it?;
  • For the love of God, will you finally stop obsessing with misplaced anxiety over your errant thoughts of believing that the public feels that it was always LENNON and McCartney, and never McCARTNEY and Lennon?!  We’re not idiots.  We all know who did what, and other rabid Beatle fans like me probably know those things better than you remember them happening!;
  • Last, and most importantly, BE HAPPY!


The above represents only my opinions.  I reserve the right to be wrong.

I mean, what do I know?  I’m 47 years old and still struggling through my own Hamburg days to get to the next level.  But, hey – I’m having a blast doing it!

Respectfully submitted,

With Peace and in Love,

Tim McCarthy