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Celebrating 50 Years Since Neil Young Played Live At Massey Hall 1971

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  Quick blog post today as I'm mid assignments at the minute but I couldn't not mark this occasion. With the time I've had not posting on here, I've been thinking of what I could write about as I've been lacking inspiration with everything that's going on right now. I thought about writing a piece on an artist that inspired me. Where to begin. Naturally, my all time hero Neil Young came to mind and just out of pure chance I thought I would see if there was any anniversaries of albums, concerts or milestones of his for 2021. Before I did my search it dawned on me that my favourite live performance was fifty years ago today and had to write some words about it.  Neil Young live at Massey Hall in 1971 is the place I'd teleport to if I had one chance to go back in time. The amount of times I've gone back to watching videos of this concert is endless. It's such a comfort to hear Neil's voice and the lyrics just speak for themselves. One of the reasons

BLUES MAESTRO ROCKY ATHAS TALKS WORKING WITH JOHN MAYALL, TOURING WITH THE KINKS AND WHAT GIVES HIM THE MOTIVATION TO WRITE MUSIC.

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(photo credits; Arnie Goodman) For this week's blog post, I got the pleasure to speak with the legendary Rocky Athas. Rocky Athas is a phenomenal Blues guitarist who's worked with the likes of Joe Walsh, Buddy Miles and Glenn Hughes. Not to mention that he was apart of the renowned Bluesbreakers band with John Mayall and even worked with him on his albums 'Tough' and 'A Special Life'. Athas is a huge inspiration to any musician, he has dedicated his entire life to creating some pretty electrifying records. I simply had to ask if Rocky would do an interview with me and when he agreed, I didn't know where to start with the questions, there's just so much to know! He truly has had an incredible career and shared some fascinating stories with me ... You put so much raw emotion into your guitar playing, that it can really be felt. Has it always been a form of escapism for you? Thank you for the compliment, Holly. Your visceral reaction is the ultimate goal o

SHADE INTERVIEW: MANCHESTER MUSIC SCENE, MMFEST AND EXCITING NEW PROJECTS

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For this week's interview, I spoke to Manchester based Indie band SHADE, who were more than happy to chat to me all about their life so far as musicians, the idea behind their hot dog in a banana peel EP cover and what music they've been listening to.  Firstly, thanks for agreeing to do this interview with me, it's a pleasure to have you featured on here. For all the readers who don't know who SHADE are, can you tell us a bit about who you are and what the band is all about?  We're just 4 lads who have some pretty cool songs and want to play them everywhere we can, it was more for having a laugh with your mates playing music but then we've realised we can take it further than that. I hope I'm right in believing 'Neverdie' is your first single, as you've only recently started releasing music. Have any of you been involved in any other musical projects before SHADE or is this your first time putting out songs? Luke (the singer) and Olive

DAVE SIRUS TALKS SNL, UPCOMING PROJECTS AND WORKING WITH PETE DAVIDSON ON THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND

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Dave Sirus, also known by his character Brick Stone, spoke with me all about his remarkable career as a comedian and a writer. Dave's most recent project is 'The King Of Staten Island', the superb, comedy-drama which was loosely based on the life of Pete Davidson. In this interview with me, he covers everything TKOSI, who he'd love to roast and teases some new projects... The King Of Staten Island is amazing and is definitely now one of my favourite movies. What was it like working with a director as great as Judd Apatow? It was great because I got to see someone who was completely comfortable in his role and had so much experience so that nothing was ever going to surprise or rattle him. Knowing that he had so much under his belt really makes it easier to feel comfortable and trust the process. What surprised you the most about working on The King Of Staten Island?  The sheer quality and quantity of available food throughout the shooting day. What eleme

HOLLYWOOD OR BUST REVIEW

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"Well, Mr Bascomb can’t drive. He doesn't have a license!" Land of stardust and land of glamour, Vistavision and cinerama. I would consider it a must to watch Hollywood or Bust! All puns aside, the pure joy this film gave me was like no other. I have never laughed so much in a seriously long time and I owe it all to the fabulous duo known as Martin and Lewis (Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis). I’ll have to confess my ignorance in saying I’d never seen a Martin & Lewis film up until this point. I must say, it’s not something I’m proud of. Hollywood or Bust was sadly the last film that Dean and Jerry collaborated on, where the partnership of the two performers went their separate ways five months later. So unfortunately, this was almost a farewell film between the comedy duo. Nevertheless, definitely one of the most amusing of the filmography. The whole synopsis is based around a road trip between Malcolm and Steve who believe it or not, are both head

THE GILMORE GIRLS EFFECT

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The habitual town of Stars Hollow has become the home in all of our hearts as we watch Rory and Lorelai consume gallons of coffee at Luke’s, brace through Taylor’s tenacious attempts to prolong the iconic town hall meetings and pass Gypsy endlessly repairing the town’s cars (usually Jess’s). It seems as if all us Gilmore Girls fanatics have grown up with the two Lorelai's throughout the seven series phenomenon. While Gilmore Girls gave us the heart-warming tale of a mother and a daughter growing up together in a small town in Connecticut, it also brought us the appropriate, yet amusing pop culture references… 1. Paul Anka the dog The Polish Lowland Sheepdog became Lorelai's companion in season 6. She names the dog Paul Anka after the Canadian 50s singer, taking ‘puppy love’ to a whole different level. However, nothing could prepare us for the guest star appearance of Paul Anka (the human) in ‘The Real Paul Anka’ eighteenth episode where the singer appears in Lorelai&