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Happy Holidays From Project Absurd!
The first concert I ever went to was Elvis Presley at the Syracuse War Memorial on July 25, 1976. I had just turned 4 years old, so I have no memory of this show at all. However, it is still a cool fact to mention whenever the topic is discussed.
The first concert I actually remember going to was KISS with Queensryche at the War Memorial on November 20, 1984. It will be 24 years ago this month (Holy crap! How has it been 24 damn years?!). Anyway, I was only a wee 12 year old so my brother got the unenviable task of taking his squirrelly little brother to the show instead of going with his friends. My older cousin named Tim went with us to the show. Tim always seemed a bit “stuffy” and tended to look down upon any music that wasn’t made by The Beatles. So, I have no idea why he went to this show. He just acted annoyed the whole time.
Also, a friend of mine named Eric went to this show with us. Eric and I made what is possibly the world’s worst banner for the concert. From what I remember, I drew most of the “art” on this banner and Eric colored it in. Please try to contain your laughter.
I kept the picture large so you can see it in all of its ridiculousness. I’m just going to list off some of my random thoughts while I look at this picture. I obviously had a problem drawing eyes and noses. The space between Eric’s nose and mouth is equal to the size of his nose. Very disturbing. Poor Mark was the victim of some sort of liquid damage. Why is there fire coming out of the KISS logo? More importantly, why has the sun made an appearance in the upper right corner? It looks like we might’ve tried to make it look like the sun was shining on the band, with the left side of their hair being quite lighter than the right. Or maybe it was just a dumb mistake. I think we must’ve gotten tired of coloring in the band’s torsos after we did Paul.
We kept this banner on our seats while we stood up and watched the show. I remember at one point some hoodlums stole it from us. Now, who would steal a home-made banner from a couple of 12 year olds? More importantly, who would want to steal that thing? Someone sitting behind us eventually got the banner back for us.
Anyway, I got inspired to write this blog entry because I found an old “review” I wrote of the show. It wasn’t written in a diary, it was actually written out like I was submitting a review to the newspaper or something. So, it included many lines crossed out and other edits. I may have been inspired to write it by the horribly written review in the Syracuse Post Standard. Click here to check it out. The reviewer states the idea that this is “dumb heavy metal”, and keeps repeating this thought over and over again. She also has several inaccuracies in her review. She states that Mark St. John was the guitarist. Mark did not play this show. Bruce Kulick had taken his place because of a “condition” that Mark had that made him unable to play. Also, the reviewer states that the encore was a “medley” of KISS songs. What? This lady had never heard the song “Rock And Roll All Nite” before? It’s one song! Ugh!
Anyway, here’s my recently found review that I wrote a couple of days after the concert. I’ll leave in all the mistakes and cross out all of the words that were crossed out in the original. I will write this in black and make any comments I think of now in red. Also, I will be posted a couple of photos from this show throughout the review. I think these photos were taken by Don Stroup, but I’m not sure. Maybe he can clarify that.
KISS / Queensryche
November 20, 1984
The War Memorial in Syracuse, N.Y. hasn’t seen this much action since KISS came here last time on their 10th anniversary tour. Maybe I crossed this out because I didn’t go to their last show and had no idea how much “action” was seen. Queensryche was the opening act for KISS. They had a lot of power and set the crowd on their feet and set lighters a glow “a glow”? but they didn’t seem as good as the fantastic headlining act. They (Queensryche) played about 3 songs from they’re new album. The headbangers from Seattle, Washington or Warshington, as McCain would say got called out for a fantastic encore yes, how rare at a concert to see an encore. Following the 45 minute interrmission/ set-up (which I have no idea why it took so long because most of KISS’s equipment was already set up behind a curtain) came the explosive KISS. They had a leppard like skin flo They had a Animalize-like floor which was made of tiles which was mainly the reason it took so long for the set up. Ahh, that’s why I crossed out my bitching earlier The 4 members stood on a platform behind the drumset while Gene Simmons said the infamous “You wanted the best and you got the best, the hottest band in the world, KISS!!” Actually, Gene doesn’t say that, dummy Right after that, the drummer Eric Carr, jumped down to his position now that’s an odd use of commas while the band started singing not playing? Detroit Rock City.
KISS did not have the guitarist (to the disappointment of many fans) Hmmm, crossed out, so I guess it wasn’t that much of a disappointment have their guitarist Mark St. John with them because of an arthritis condition in his wrists. or something like that The guitarist that was taking his place was very good. I guess I didn’t know Bruce Kulick’s name yet
KISS was supposedly promoting their 19th album Animalize but only played 2 songs from the album, Heavan’s On Fire and Under The Gun. Instead the played great songs like, Detroit Rock City, Cold Gin, Black Diamond, Young and Waysted, Love Gun, Fits Like A Glove and many others. I must’ve really hated that whole paragraph for some reason
All of the members came out to center stage alone, but the replacement for M. St. John. Bruce! His name is Bruce! Paul Stanley did a guitar solo and had a contest between the two sides of the audiance to see who would scream louder. Gene Simmons was doin did some chords on his battle-axe bass.
And, finally Eric Carr’s drumset moved out to center-stage as he did a long, hard, and completely awesome such adjectives! drum solo.
During the middle of a song, the a part of the light came down like a ramp huh? and the front stage members ran up on top of the lights and started jamming. Then a section of the lights came down and brought them down.
KISS is definitally an act you have to see to believe, so go see them. Great Wrap-up!
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P.S. Project Absurd is off to Vega$ to get hitched! No new posts for the next week or so.
New Kids on the Block to Reunite
BOSTON (AP) — They may be pushing 40, but the New Kids are returning to the block. The Boston boy band New Kids on the Block, which sold 70 million albums in the 1980s and early 1990s, has reunited and plans to release a new album and go on tour. The reunion comes 20 years after the release of the group’s multi-platinum album, “Hanging Tough.”
The group released a new photo Wednesday and reportedly will appear on the Today show Friday morning — the same time an unmarked countdown clock on http://www.nkotb.com ends.
“The fan response to this has been incredible,” band member Donnie Wahlberg told the Boston Herald.
Wahlberg said he was convinced to get back together with his former bandmates — Joey McIntyre, brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood — when they decided to record new music. Wahlberg said he wrote 80 percent of the new material with McIntyre and Jordan Knight.
“I had no interest going out on a nostalgia tour and singing the same material,” said Wahlberg, 38.
But he added, “We absolutely will do the old songs for sure.”
Producer Maurice Starr formed the group in Boston in the 1980s, hoping to recreate the success he had with another teen group from the city, New Edition.
At the height of their popularity, New Kids sold out world tours, marketed millions of dollars in merchandise and spawned a Saturday morning cartoon.
The group disbanded in 1994. Wahlberg has acted on television and in movies, while Jordan Knight, McIntyre and Wood released solo albums. Jonathan Knight became a real estate developer.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Back in the day I was a hair-metal addict and hated this group with a depth of intensity that cannot be described with mere words. My best friend and I even wrote a humorous song about the suckitude that sprang forth from this band. In the twenty years that have come since “Hangin’ Tough” I have obviously come to better appreciate the most absurd areas of life. And to that end, there can be no greater absurdity than the once-enormous popularity of this fantasmagorical boy band. You have to admit, there’s a certain genius to their work. I can only hope the killer dance moves are all in place for tomorrow’s Today show appearance!
A refresher (So exciting! I hardly know what to post first!)…
Ok, if held at gunpoint and forced to choose my favorite New Kids song, this would have to be my choice. It must be the groovy bass:
I still can’t believe they’re all older than me – Joey by only 9 months. I could have sworn back then he was in junior high when I was in 11th grade!
Step By Step
I can’t get over those overalls! LMAO! This next one is notable not only for it being one of the earliest of New Kids videos, but also for the fab parody Weird Al did called “The White Stuff” (referring to Oreo cookies)…
(You Got It) The Right Stuff
“I love the white stuff, baby, in the middle of an Oreo…”
Finally, we have one of the… most Project-Absurd-worthy of all of the New Kids songs and videos…
I hope you enjoyed this trip down Memory Lane. Don’t forget to watch the Today show Friday morning 4/4!
In 1979 the Colorforms company put out this wonderful game. I used to play it at my grandmother’s house with my cousins. I haven’t seen it in years. Yet, I require it. I must find it. I have to have it.
Many years ago I realized it had gone missing from Grandma’s. She had no idea what happened to it. It was just… gone. And, you know how it is. Now it has become a thing. I can’t let it go. It haunts me.
Why was this game so great? Hell if I know. It probably wasn’t. Yet, because I don’t have it in my posession to ignore personally, I just find myself longing for it. Occasionally, I check eBay to see if I can find it cheaply. Never happens. The cheap versions are missing parts. And the complete sets are expensive. The completed auction I shamelessly swiped these photos from was for a complete set (as you’ll see) and sold for $41 + $5.60 shipping and handling! I’m getting married in 3 months, I don’t have that kind of cash on hand to throw away on a board game. Not even this, the most awesome of all board games.
These pictures represent the first time I have even seen this game (except for pictures of the cover on board game websites) in probably 20 years. Now I want this game back even more!
The game consisted of a large-nosed waiter made of heavy cardboard.
Once assembled, his torso and arms would rock back and forth in an unsteady manner.
At the top of his outstretched hand, above his head, was a tray. And on this tray would sit the crux of the game. The plates of food!
The food was the best. Just look at it! The corn-on-the-cob, the spaghetti, the alphabet soup, the… whatever that is third one down on the left-hand side! My favorite meals are the lollipop and the candy cane on plates. Ya gotta love that.
I believe the point of the game was to take turns putting a plate on the waiter’s tray. Whoever made the waiter tip and dump the plates then had to pay the waiter cash-money (you know, tipping the waiter for “tipping the waiter”). I think whoever was left with money in the end won the game. Or maybe I’m forgetting something. But speaking of money, the money in this game ROCKS.
So I know, I know. It’s a silly and pointless game. But that’s why I like it. Sometimes silly and pointless things are the best (hence, this whole site!)!
If anyone knows where I can get this game – complete – and for not a huge wad of dough, let me know! And please, please…
DON’T TIP THE WAITER!
(blog post only…no article this time!)
This is my first major post of the new year, and, as promised, I bring you the cover story to the April 1975 issue of Goodhousekeeping:
This is my first-grade perspective – circa 1979 – of the traditional Thanksgiving story, complete with giant turkey and enormous pilgrim hat. The one-handed Indian and the pilgrim’s green eyebrow’s and facial hair are simply outstanding! Bravo!