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GForce Rock Spot A stream of consciousness journey into concert memories mixed with a unique perspective which is, at times, hilarious, and sometimes poignant.

12/18/2019
12/18/2019
12/17/2019
The Capitol Theatre
12/06/2019

The Capitol Theatre

It's nice knowing who your real friends are.

12/04/2019
The Capitol Theatre
10/24/2019

The Capitol Theatre

Concerts are and forever will be our happy place.

So glad I got to see him while he was here....
10/06/2019
R.I.P. Ginger Baker, legendary Cream drummer dies at 80

So glad I got to see him while he was here....

Ginger Baker died Sunday, October 6th at the age of 80. Baker was best known as a member of Cream, and is regarded as one of the most influential drummers in rock history.

This is why I can’t stand it when people talk at concerts...
10/05/2019

This is why I can’t stand it when people talk at concerts...

Cleveland International Records
09/22/2019

Cleveland International Records

#SundayFunnies - hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Go see Tommy at Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio! Its fantastic!
09/19/2019

Go see Tommy at Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio! Its fantastic!

A BRIEF (AND INCOMPLETE) HISTORY OF ROCK OPERA

It is generally accepted that the first rock opera was, in fact, a rock operetta called "A Quick One While He's Away", a 9-minute song written by Peter Townshend for The Who's 1966 album "A Quick One". Two years later, Townshend and The Who created "Tommy", perhaps the best-known rock opera, and the first musical work explicitly billed as a "rock opera". It tells the story of a boy who has a psychological trauma rendering him deaf, dumb and blind, and his parent's efforts to find a cure for his illness. Along the way, he becomes a pinball champion, and eventually a messianic spiritual leader who is worshipped by fans who eventually become disillusioned by him and attack and abandon him.

At the same time, Pete Townshend was writing Tommy, other artists were working on their own rock operas. In 1967, a British group called Nirvana (not the famous American band) released "The Story of Simon Simopath" and in 1968, The Pretty Things released "S.F.Sorrow". Most notably, the Kinks released "Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)" just after Tommy was released in 1969. This would be the first of several great rock operas written by Ray Davies and performed by the Kinks in tours that bridged the gap between rock concerts and theatrical presentations.

The influence of Tommy on the rock music world was profound, and the 1970s was the first golden age of rock opera, with many great works being created.

Many thanks to the Los Angeles Rock Opera Company for this excerpt. The full article can be found here: https://www.larockopera.com/what_is_rock_opera.html

Musicians Unite
09/14/2019

Musicians Unite

Ha!! 😂🤣🎶🎶🎶🎶

PorchRokr is 'favorite holiday of the year'
08/23/2019
PorchRokr is 'favorite holiday of the year'

PorchRokr is 'favorite holiday of the year'

PorchRokr — the day when musicians, artists, dogs and the people who love them come out to frolic and celebrate in Akron’s Highland Square

Saw many amazing bands...
08/19/2019
6 ways to make the most out of PorchRokr 2019

Saw many amazing bands...

Crowds will swarm into Akron's Highland Square neighborhood Saturday for the eighth PorchRokr festival, with free performances scattered among 37

The sixties and the seventies were an amazing time to grow up and experience music. There was no social media or cell ph...
08/09/2019

The sixties and the seventies were an amazing time to grow up and experience music. There was no social media or cell phones and the underground grapevine was alive and well. Talking to friends about what concert you were going to, with who, making plans by getting together to discuss it, or waiting till the landline freed up to make a phone call. Spending hours shopping for records, hanging with friends then making the trek out to Blossom Music Center or the Coliseum. Having a tailgate party prior to the event. Talking about the event months prior and decades after. Shared memories with friends and other concert goers. Having everyone hold up their lighter to show their appreciation for the show. These days its a cell phone camera. Everyone in the audience seeming to know all the lyrics and singing along as the chorus when prompted by the main act. I jumped on the time machine the last two nights at Blossom with friends Beth, Mike and Toth night one, and with my sweetie Toth night two. First up: Doobie Brothers opened for Santana on Wed. And Jason Bonham LZE opened for Peter Frampton. Talk about memory hooks! I first saw the Doobies at Blossom in 1976, Santana years later at Blossom, Frampton Comes Alive at the Coliseum in 1976. Both nights and all four bands were outstanding. We didn’t think the Doobies were loud enough and they did not utilize the screens to help people in the back see them. Put on a great show and the audience sang along and knew most of the songs. Brought back some beautiful memories of simpler times; bike riding and staying out till the street lights came on, hearing songs on AM radio in the car, etc. Santana entered and turned up the heat about 900 degrees. There was a powerful multi-media show with clips from Woodstock and other highlights of his career. His band included his wife who was a MONSTER on drums, Indefatigable is the word that comes to mind. I felt myself sailing off into an other worldly sensation of music and memory with every note that Carlos played. The show was long with encores and everyone left realizing that this was the show people would be talking about for decades more to come. The next night, Jason Bonham paid tribute to his father with the Led Zepplin Experience. Jason is a great drummer although I think Cindy Blackman (Santana) is spot on one of the best drummers I have seen ever. Jason and LZE played all the faves and had great energy and once again the crowd sang along and knew all the lyrics. Peter Frampton was up next. After experiencing Frampton Comes Alive in the 70s and seeing him twice in between, I did not know what to expect. It was like being with an old friend. He told great stories in between his poignant and sweet guitar work about friends he’d lost and played Black Hole Sun dedicated to Chris Cornell and his family. Peter played all the songs that we wanted to hear, and the singalong was in full voice. He played some blues inbetween and finished his set with Humble Pie of which he was a member when he was 18 years old. Peter is fighting an illness but this 69 year old ROCKED with the best of them, along with Carlos Santana (72) Tom Johnston-Doobies (70) and Patrick Simmons-Doobies (70). If this is what 69 plus looks like, BRING IT ON!

See you at PorchRokr!
08/07/2019

See you at PorchRokr!

Thanks to The Summit for being our media partner this year!! You can tune in at 91.3 to listen! They support and play SO MANY local bands! Who have you heard lately?!

I’mGetting these posts daily but admit I am stoked for this concert! I was fortunate enough to see / experience Frampton...
08/03/2019
See Peter Frampton Live!

I’m
Getting these posts daily but admit I am stoked for this concert! I was fortunate enough to see / experience Frampton Comes Alive Tour at the Coliseum. I’ve seen him twice since. Get your tickets before they are gone! I expect people will be talking bout this concert for years to come much like I have Frampton Comes Alive. Guess what vinyl I am spinning right now?

Find and buy Peter Frampton FINALE - The Farewell Tour tickets at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH for Aug 08, 2019 07:30 PM at Live Nation.

07/12/2019

Ray Flanagan

07/12/2019

Ray Flanagan at Kent Blues Fest!

Jazz Spot and Rock Spot? I couldn’t keep up!
07/12/2019

Jazz Spot and Rock Spot? I couldn’t keep up!

15 60 75 Numbers Band
07/08/2019

15 60 75 Numbers Band

This coming Thursday evening, July 11, 2019 don't miss The Numbers Band at the Akron Art Museum. The music will go from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. We've been doing this gig now 25 years and it is one of our absolute favorites. More info here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/391691911558360

NelsonvilleFest 2019 Was More Than About Music
06/21/2019
NelsonvilleFest 2019 Was More Than About Music

NelsonvilleFest 2019 Was More Than About Music

Attending the Nelsonville Music Festival has been in the works for a couple of years. My child Seed Minkin, who attended Ohio University in nearby Athens, Ohio, has been raving about the experience…

Some friends have asked where are my stream of consciousness concert reviews? Sometimes, when you are busy rockin, it’s ...
06/17/2019

Some friends have asked where are my stream of consciousness concert reviews? Sometimes, when you are busy rockin, it’s hard to take the time to document it. It got me thinking about the old days, when Murray Saul would get on the air and do his famous, GET DOWN rant. He would get people into a lather....that had been working at the sweatshops and rubber factories....and listening to WMMS in time for Murray’s get down rant in which he would get people so looking forward to the weekends so they could go hear live music, dance, sweat, and anything else they chose to do, to blow off some steam. Ive been feeling that way lately, over scheduled and committed by the week, and living for the weekend. It occurs to me that live music is such a cure for anything that ails me, and when I go out, I am always searching for that one moment, one note, one cosmic, kismet moment where I am one with the music and the band, and a loudmouth concert goer better not interrupt my reverie:) as I feel the stress leave my body, the tension ease, the mood lift, and I am one with the song and the band. There have been many such moments in my life and the following photos are just a small snippet of my musical journey since 4/8/19. Many of the photos are friends and regular concert goers, that I have enjoyed sharing this journey and this experience for much of my life....Let’s keep rocking on together, and as Murray would Say, GET DOWN!!

Larchmere Porch Fest today!
06/15/2019

Larchmere Porch Fest today!

Timeline Photos
06/15/2019

Timeline Photos

67 Riot
06/12/2019

67 Riot

UPDATE...The full concert will air this TUESDAY ..6pm with Mike Skill....'67 Riot
The Summit-FM The Summit

So at 6pm you can listen via our main website www.thesummit.fm - or on Tune In Radio, and thru our station app.
Performing the new song "Not My Business", and more..with Ricky Rat, Brad Elvis, Mike Marshall and Robert East....it's @mjskill and 67 Riot Committee Detroit/Chicago Chapter live in @waysidefurniture Studio C! Listen for the full session playback Monday at 6:00 PM #LiveAtStudioC

Timeline Photos
06/10/2019

Timeline Photos

Mike Skill of the Romantics with his new project 67 Riot, featuring Ricky Rat fromThe TrashBrats and other very fine Det...
06/09/2019

Mike Skill of the Romantics with his new project 67 Riot, featuring Ricky Rat from
The TrashBrats and other very fine Detroit
Musicians rocked Studio C on Thursday night and was the loudest band I had ever seen there!!!

Laurel Live Day 1 with Moon Taxi, Hozier and Toth Wilder! Fantastic show!!!
06/09/2019

Laurel Live Day 1 with Moon Taxi, Hozier and Toth Wilder! Fantastic show!!!

It’s hard to lose musicians who were such an integral part of our musical consciousness in our formative years...
06/07/2019
Rest in Peace, Dr. John: 1941 - 2019 - RockCellarMagazine

It’s hard to lose musicians who were such an integral part of our musical consciousness in our formative years...

New Orleans legend Dr. John, musical pioneer of jazz, blues, funk and more, has passed away at the age of 77, it was reported on Thursday.

Spirit of Harmony Foundation
05/24/2019

Spirit of Harmony Foundation

The Capitol Theatre
05/14/2019

The Capitol Theatre

No doubt about it!

Musicians Unite
05/11/2019

Musicians Unite

The power of music knows no bounds!! :-D (y)

05/04/2019

Allison, Bill, Jeffrey and Sandy.
May 4, 1970.
Rest In Peace.

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