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I had a good couple of weeks. I just back from my convention in Denver and the week before I got to see Pearl Jam. The funny thing is I draw five cartoons a week and I write one review every few months and sometimes the reviews get more emails. I came home from Denver with my box full of Pearl Jam comments regarding my review. Each was nice unlike the time I reviewed Tom Petty or Aerosmith. I’m sorry, people. I love Tom Petty but he just went through the motions (you can’t handle the truth) and Aerosmith was fine, but came off more as a stereotype of every rock n roll cliche out there (hello, Spinal Tap). Pearl Jam did a good job and I’d bash ‘em if they didn’t. You can check out the review here.
Speaking of rock n roll: My band, 816, will be in Washington this Friday, June 16. It’s our first show with the new guy and I’m really excited to see how we do in a different environment.
During my trip to Denver I read a book about Kurt Cobain. I”m a huge Nirvana fan while not idolizing Cobain. He was a brilliant songwriter but a really messed up guy who’s qualities outside of his music aren’t admirable at all. It was a decent read but I didn’t appreciate the writer injecting so many of his personal views. He even mentioned how the band wasn’t talented enough to do a quiet sit-down performance, but they still produced a couple of decent songs on Unplugged. So I’m like “what? Is this guy on heroin too?”. Unplugged is the casual Nirvana fan’s favorite album and was the measuring stick for every Unplugged which followed. Did you know Dave Grohl said “Bleach”, the album before he joined the band, was his favorite? That’s amazing. Anyway, I’m probably going to read another book on Cobain to see what compares. When I was a kid I read about four Elvis books and that really set a lot of things straight. Yes, I like Elvis. Shut up.
I’ll blog later with more about Denver and the Golden Spike award.