The Thrashing Continues: D.R.I., The Triple Rock, Minneapolis, 9/14/16 and Reggie’s, Chicago, 9/17/16

My friend Mark and I teamed up to see the start of Dirty Rotten Imbeciles' But Wait... There's More! Midwest tour with newly minted label mates, Deathwish. Over two years have skanked by since we last saw the crossover kings, and what followed were some great shows to bookend our primary reason of travel, a Descendents … Continue reading The Thrashing Continues: D.R.I., The Triple Rock, Minneapolis, 9/14/16 and Reggie’s, Chicago, 9/17/16

Happy Wedding Anniversary, Jo-girl! Love, Phyllis Diller

Four years have passed since the incomparable comedian Phyllis Diller made her leap into the boneyard. Hopefully, the days preceding her passing were colored by her trademark cackle, enveloped in a peaceful environment. She and her old school humor are greatly missed, especially by the love of my life, JoAnn. In July of 2011, I … Continue reading Happy Wedding Anniversary, Jo-girl! Love, Phyllis Diller

Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Iowa Visit, August 28, 2005

When my friends and I rented Army of Darkness back around '94, it was my introduction to fellow Shemp Howard fan Bruce Campbell. Cult favorites The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II were watched and enjoyed in subsequent years, but the TV series Jack of All Trades, Don Coscarelli's Bubba Ho-Tep, and Maniac Cop have … Continue reading Bruce Campbell’s Groovy Iowa Visit, August 28, 2005

Thrashin’ Through the Decades with Dirty Rotten Imbeciles

During my sophomore year of high school, lunchtime usually involved conversing with friends and crushes, all the while discussing or listening to punk rock, hip hop, or ska. One particular day in 1995, my friend Mark introduced me to the band D.R.I., or Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. He had their latest release, Live, and the metal … Continue reading Thrashin’ Through the Decades with Dirty Rotten Imbeciles

E.N.D. – A Farewell to Ken “Wookie” Cook

After several months of unsuccessful treatment following a diagnosis of cancer last year, Kenneth "Wookie" Cook passed away on April 11, 2016 at the age of 41. Since 1998, Cook had been a close friend and frequent bandmate of mine. His sturdy loyalty to friends, family, and animals, as well as his large, furry appearance, … Continue reading E.N.D. – A Farewell to Ken “Wookie” Cook

Metal Church and Hatchet, Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, Iowa, April 3, 2016

"I just can't believe my ears, some music out these days The human factor has diminished in, oh so many ways Fancy footwork gets top bill and I'll put on such a show One more MIDI cable and my band is ready to go" -Metal Church, "The Human Factor" That song, featured on the '92 … Continue reading Metal Church and Hatchet, Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, Iowa, April 3, 2016

Carcass, Wooly’s, Des Moines, Iowa, March 10, 2016

Carcass previously headlined Wooly's on November 14, 2014 with openers Exhumed and Macabre, following the British band's comeback release of Surgical Steel. After that, I figured I may not see them again for awhile, if it all, but lo and behold... After my traditional veggie burger time at Zombie Burger, I returned to the venue, … Continue reading Carcass, Wooly’s, Des Moines, Iowa, March 10, 2016