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Episode 129: Eddie Van Halen, R.I.P.

The most influential guitarist of a generation, Eddie Van Halen, died October 6, 2020 succumbing to cancer after a long fight. Full details and discussion provided in this episode from The DLR Cast, the podcast by and for fans of David Lee Roth, hosted by Steve and his good friend Darren Paltrowitz. Plus AC/DC drops a new single, "Shot In The Dark," from their forthcoming album Power Up, which comes out November 13.

Darren Paltrowitz is a freelance journalist covering entertainment. He also hosts the cool interview podcast, The Paltrocast, available everywhere.

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Talking about cool new music from Deep Purple, who recently released their 21st (!) album, Whoosh; two new songs from Bruce Springsteen, the newest/latest album from the great Butch Walker, American Love Story, and Cheap Trick who just released a cover of the David Bowie classic, "Rebel Rebel," produced by Jack Douglas. Plus a wild boar is chased by a nudist!

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Coivd-19 puts the kibosh on some travel plans - rather, fear and risk does. Plus, a new podcast, by Steve and his friend Darren Paltrowitz, The DLR Cast - the essential podcast by and for fans of David Lee Roth!

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One of the greatest hard rock albums, and the second-biggest selling album of all time, Back In Black by AC/DC, turns 40 years old this week. The album is a document to the perseverance, work ethic, and musical greatness of Angus and Malcolm Young, following the death of their inimitable lead singer Bon Scott; where the terrific Brian Johnson is a perfect fit, all combining to make incredible, and history making, music.

 

Plus, some recommended reading as there's no shortage of informative and cool books on AC/DC. Worth checking out: Maximum Rock n' Roll, AC/DC 1973-1980: The Bon Scott Years, and AC/DC Album by Album.

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Steven Jurgensmeyer specializes in creative direction, branding and graphic design and is the founder of AllMusicBooks.com which is a music book recommendation site. AllMusicBooks.com features reviews of books on artists, bands, and more, as well as interviews with the book’s authors. Steven is also a producer and writer of the forthcoming documentary film, Sign of the Times: The Rock n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip. Sign of the Times tells the story of the amazing billboards in L.A. during the 60’s & 70’s and the artists who created them. These billboards featured virtually every major pop and rock act including The Doors, Beatles, Kiss, Pink Floyd and dozens of others. For more on Steven and his work visit www.stevenjurgensmeyer.com.

Also, a quick review of the new Will Ferrell movie, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, which recently premiered on Netflix.

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Not brought to you by Lysol or any disinfectant. Self-isolation stay-at-home Covid19 coronavirus well-being tips. The top Google searches recently. And a Cool But Obscure Song.

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The ever-fun and interesting pop culture writer Darren Paltrowitz returns. We discuss the tragic death of Fountains of Wayne co-founder Adam Schlesinger and his huge body of great music - FOW, That Thing You Do! Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and so much more. Its corona virus and self-isolation time and there's lots to watch, read, and listen to: Better Things, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Brockmier, All-Elite Wrestling and Colt Cabana; books on Quentin Tarantino, Van Halen and KISS; new music from the amazing Nada Surf, The Strokes and others. Plus, our last concerts, at least for a little while. And veteran acts we love: David Lee Roth, Zebra, Y&T. Cool apps Watch Worthy, Tune In and Special Guest. And all about Darren's great podcast, Paltrocast, where you can find a ton of interviews with a huge array of people including, Dan Rather, Myles Kennedy, John 5, Adam Carrolla, Ace Frehley, Bruce Kulick, Dennis Quaid, Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees, Chris Jericho, Ted Nugent, Englebert Humperdink and dozens more.

You can find Paltrocast at Spotify, iTunes, Podbean, Tune In and more. Follow Darren at Paltrowitz.com and @Paltrowitz at Twitter

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What do you do to get yourself psyched before a concert? Those familiar pre-concert rituals from the drive to the show, the music, merch and more. Heading to the east coast to see Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame members Cheap Trick for three straight shows in NY, Atlantic City and Washington D.C. and the setlists of late have been amazing. Plus, quick details about a poignant and wonderful short film, "Today You Tomorrow Me," Pluto makes an appearance, and an Obscure But Cool Song.

Check out weaponofselfdistraction.com for more missives and occasionally interesting stuff

Visit the cool website Laughing Squid for more about the movie "Today You Tomorrow Me"

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Happy New Year! Starting the start of the third decade of the 21st century, talking about New Year's Eve and seeing the always-amazing Cheap Trick. Plus, dealing with some anxiety, some new things to watch on HBO and the death of radio legend Don Imus. And, a Cool But Obscure Song!

For more visit Weapon of Self-Distraction 

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Author Greg Prato returns to talk about his new book, TAKE IT OFF: KISS TRULY UNMASKED. Its the first book that focuses solely on the years that KISS was sans the famous greasepaint. The book is an oral history and a slew of terrrific contributors weigh on the music, the look, and the live shows of this time, including Eddie Trunk, KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Ron Nevison and many others. 

Take It Off: KISS Truly Unmasked is available where ever you buy cool books. Visit QuartoKnows.com for more information.

 

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