As we approach the long holiday weekend some of us will be staying home or enjoying our local parks and beaches. If we are at home we will probably fire up the grill, put some drinks on ice and break out the summer tunes. If you are one of those people that redecorated or redesigned your back yard, your man-cave or your she-shed during the pandemic, you may be hosting a movie night. Around my neighborhood I see a lot of those BIG “blow-up” movie screens for those back yard summer parties and movie nights under the stars.
So, while we are all still ridin’ high after seeing “Top Gun Maverick” in the theater…..I want to remind you of the GREAT Tom Cruise movies that you may want to grab for your summer bash at home. And a few of them are perfect for the JULY 4th holiday.
Kick off your summer with a few of Tom’s BIGGEST BLOCKBUSTER HITS.
If you read my blog I know you love some form if not all forms of entertainment.
AND….I do NOT want you to miss the ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT SALE that happens only a couple times a year.
How would you like to go into any of your favorite stores and buy anything you want with a SALE PRICE DISCOUNT?
Throughout the month of June all of you have been able to find all the entertainment titles you have been wanting or needing in your life……..AND…You have been able to get them all on sale, but that is ending on Thursday, June 30.
With just a click you can find your favorite genres of music and even narrow it down to your favorite artists or album. You can also find the genres of movies or TV shows you love and even find your favorite actors.
You notice that I call music, movies & TV shows, ENTERTAINMENT TITLES. When I purchase LP’s, CD’s and DVD’s I buy them for my personal entertainment and enjoyment. Entertainment in any form makes me happy. I can listen to a song or album and drift back to a happy or emotional time in my life. I can listen to a new artist and feel a burst of excitement about discovering something new. If I have my music and a great movie or TV show, I can tune out the negative things going on at the time. Hearing a favorite song or artist can almost put me in a trance. The same songs can even make a “bad singer or dancer” (like me) dance and sing. MUSIC MOVES US!
Music triggers pleasure, memories, emotions, and it can change your mood. Music has been my medicine throughout my life to make me feel happy. It also grounds me and provides clarity and calmness when my mind needs an escape. Hearing a favorite song or album can relieve stress and bring peace when needed.
There have been thousands of studies on the healing power of music, and I am person that loves reading them all. But for today’s “thought” I will leave you with a couple of short videos If you are interested in finding out….
“WHY MUSIC MOVES US”
“WHY MUSIC MAKES US EMOTIONAL (and gives us the “feels”)”
The clock is ticking, so if you are looking for entertainment for yourself, or a gifts for your friends or family, now is the time to load up for less on all those music, movies or TV shows that may be on your “want list.”
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One of my most cherished moments in my position as a music buyer was going to a lunch meeting with 2 new “Bad Boy” artists. I met with Craig Mack who had a HUGE song on the radio with “Flava in Ya Ear.” It was 1994 and Bad Boy also brought their other new artist to the lunch. The artist was “Biggie Smalls” who would also be known as “The Notorious B.I.G” and “BIGGIE”…..and later as “RAP SUPER STAR and LEGEND”
Although Biggie’s first album was released one week prior to Craig Mack, it was Craig who had the first big single release and he was incredibly happy to tell “EVERYONE” about it.
I watched as Craig and Big devoured many appetizers, entrees, and drinks. We discussed how they got signed to their record deals and their excitement about being signed by Sean “Puffy” Combs on his new record label “Bad Boy Records” (founded in 1993). I remember that a huge topic of the lunch was their feelings about the OJ Simpson trial that was happening at the time. I remember Biggie saying,
“It does not matter if he gets off on this trial because he will be judged again when he meets his maker someday, he will pay if he killed those people.”
That conversation has always stuck in my mind because back then you just did not mention this topic much because there were so many mixed feelings about it. But Craig and BIG brought it up so I chimed in that I felt the same way as they did. At some point OJ would come before the only real witness and his eternal judge.
Big and Craig both had great manners and they were witty. Craig made it a point to tell all our servers that he had a hit song on the radio, and he asked them to turn MTV on their TV screens in the Tony Roma’s where we were eating in Carson, California.
It did not take long before Craig’s video showed up during our lunch. We screamed when it came on and several servers gathered around our table to watch it.
Craig was much more outspoken and flamboyant than Biggie. I made a point of telling the servers that Biggie had a GREAT album, and they were going to hear a lot from him in the future. To me Biggie’s song “Juicy” was already a hit and a song that I would spin as a DJ.
I could not help but notice Biggie while Craig’s video was playing. Big was supportive but he seemed a little quiet while the video was on. Big was never disrespectful in any way to Craig while we were together. But I did have the sense that BIG was quiet but confident in himself. He was a complete gentleman to me. I later pulled BIG aside to tell him that I was totally in love with his album, and I thought his song “Juicy” was going to eventually be HUGE at radio. I told him that his time was coming, and his album was going to be BIG just like his name. I will never forget the smile and hug he gave.
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On May 31, 2022, President Biden issued a proclamation to reestablish the annual month-long observance and celebration of Black music that was created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.
The official name of this month has changed throughout the years from “Black Music Month” to “African American Music Appreciation Month” and by popular demand President Biden has brought the name back to what the music industry and the people responded best to…..
“Black Music Appreciation Month”
Black people in America have created or inspired many genres and sub-genres of music. Since 1979, we have celebrated all these genres in the month of June. Although there are talented Black artists in ALL genres of music, in June we celebrate R&B (rhythm and blues/soul music), Gospel, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rap and Hip-Hop.
When I was the Black Music Buyer in the late eighties for Wherehouse Entertainment, my title changed a bit through the years as the music industry amended the name of the overall genre of music. In the 90’s my job title changed to “Urban Music Buyer”. There were many mixed reviews of this new “industry standard” name so some people continued to call it Black Music. Others were “only OK” with calling it Urban Music. The entire Black community never fully embraced this “Urban Music” moniker. I hated changing my business card to “Director of Urban Music.” There were several high-profile music conferences where “I forgot” my business card back at the office (wink-wink). I would shake hands, take photos, and hug people but I often just verbally gave out my contact info.
In June as Black Music Month emerged you would see and hear “Black Music Month” in independent music stores and radio stations that were within the Black communities. In some of the BIG chain music stores and cross-over radio stations you would hear the term “Urban Music Month.”
Just in case you are wondering what a cross-over station is?
“A cross-over radio station or program plays music or artists that appeal to diverse types of audiences or people. You could hear a mix of genres on these stations that appeal to all”
A few music chains continued to embrace the term “Black Music Month” if their customers requested or demanded them to keep it.
Of course, Wherehouse Music was known as “the place” where you could find an amazing selection of Black music, so I was not ready to just abandon the term so easily. Eventually we did change the store signing to Urban Music and then I occasionally “remembered” to bring my business card to conferences (LOL).
The term “Urban Music” had a good run until someone decided it was time to change the “umbrella genre” once again to “African American Music.”
So, in June 2016 President Obama officially proclaimed June as “African American Music Appreciation Month”.
In June 2021, President Biden proclaimed June as “Black Music Appreciation Month. Whether you embrace the term African American or Black American, I feel you will appreciate his proclamation of 2021 and 2022
Here is the “Black Music Appreciation Month” proclamation of 2021
During “Black Music Appreciation Month” artists and record labels release titles that you may have been waiting for all-year long. We often see special collectors’ packages released to commemorate B.M.A.M. You will see more artists out on tour and performing live shows in June and throughout the summer. June is usually the kick-off to ALL the HOT NEW TITLES that will dominate dancefloors, parties, family reunions, and radio through the summer.
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Elvis is the “KING of ROCK & ROLL,” and he will reign as the “KING of the BOX OFFICE” on JUNE 24, 2022
Elvis Presley is the 2nd bestselling artist of all-time (behind The Beatles) but that may change when the new “Elvis” biopic hits theaters this month.
I predict that ELVIS-MANIA is about to happen all over again.
When Elvis really “left the building and the world” on August 16, 1977, I remember every detail as though it was yesterday.
This is a day in Rock & Roll history that I will never forget. I was the Assistant Manager at the #1 store in the Wherehouse Music chain. I suppose we were #1 because we carried an extensive selection of titles by all artists.
It was a Tuesday, and we were playing the hits of that time. Andy Gibb, The Commodores, Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac, and Heart were in high rotation. And I always had to play Led Zeppelin at least 3-4 times a day. Shortly after 1:30 pm, I was told that I had a personal phone call, so I went upstairs. I could see the entire store from a security window that was in our office upstairs. I picked up the phone as I gazed out the window. It was my mother calling and as I said hello, she screamed into the phone “Elvis is dead.” I could not believe it, I told her it must be gossip. But before I got off the phone I knew it must be true since I watched hordes of customers running into the store with tears streaming down their faces. They ran straight to the Elvis Presley section. Our store always had an amazing selection of Elvis since our manager was a HUGE fan. The manager was Godfrey and when he was a teenager, he and two friends from school were invited to the set of the Elvis film “Jailhouse Rock.” They met Elvis and got this photo with him.
My friend Godfrey and his two friends meeting Elvis on the set of the film “Jailhouse Rock.”
It was hard to break the news to Godfrey about the passing of Elvis. It took only 30 minutes for every piece of Elvis product to sell out.
When Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic “Elvis” is released 4 days from now, Elvis’s product will be in high demand again. Baz is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and until “Elvis” Baz was most known for his extreme and over-the-top productions of Strictly Ballroom (1992), Romeo & Juliet (1996), Moulin Rouge (2001), Australia (2008), and The Great Gadsby in 2013.
This new film Luhrmann depicts Elvis’s rise to fame and his complicated relationship with his lifelong manager Colonel Tom Parker.
Parker (Tom Hanks) met Elvis (played by Austin Butler) in 1955. Within a year Colonel Parker was able to score Elvis Presley a recording contract with RCA Victor Records.
Colonel Parker was like the great “OZ” behind the curtain calling all the shots and pulling all the strings to make Elvis the BIGGEST STAR IN THE WORLD.
Colonel Tom Parker took 50% of all the money that came from merchandise and the licensing of Elvis music. He took the standard 25% of all the money that Elvis earned. Elvis was his only client until the day Presley died on August 16, 1977.
Tom Hanks seems like the perfect actor to portray a complicated man like Parker. Throughout their relationship many called Colonel Tom Parker a psychopath. I love a relevant story about the music industry and the inclusion of a psychopath is just icing on the cake. I have already purchased my ticket to see “Elvis” at the first showing on the evening of June 24. I hear the story is mostly about “Parker” but when you have a bigger than life artist like Elvis depicted in the film it will be hard to not focus on the newest star in-the making, Austin Butler.
I am not sure if the old-time, hard-core Elvis fans will love the glitzy and lavish Baz Luhrmann film, but I suppose a lot of young movie goers will certainly “LOVE” Austin Butler as “Elvis”
Remember when Robert Pattinson debuted in 2008 as Edward in Twilight? Austin Butler just might follow suit to become Hollywood’s newest “heartthrob” movie-star.
Austin Butler has everything it takes to become the HOTTEST HOLLYWOOD “IT BOY” of 2022.
His charisma, charm, great looks, dance moves, and “real” singing in the film is sure to make Austin “The King” of next year’s MTV Movie Awards.
The film premiered at “Graceland,” the home and burial place of Elvis in Memphis Tennessee. Baz Luhrmann, the stars of the film and the Presley family were all in attendance.
The media and press are buzzing with news about the movie and stories about the lives of Elvis, his wife Priscilla, his daughter Lisa Marie, and his legendary manager Colonel Tom Parker. I suppose that all stories about “THE KING” will resurface but if you really want to get to know Elvis, just pick up some of his music, movies or documentaries about his life and career. Elvis recorded over 700 songs and he did not write any of them. He made his songwriters very wealthy people even though they gave up 50% of the credit before Elvis would record their songs. I suppose this was just another smart and crafty move by Colonel Parker. If Elvis sang the song it was sure to SELL and most often the songs became HITS!
As the Elvis Presley press explodes over the balance of the year, it may become hard to find his music and films……
That’s right……ELVIS WAS A MOVIE STAR.
Between 1956 to 1972 Elvis made 33 movies and he starred in 32 of them. The movies were not always great but with his face on the big screen, his singing, and his hip shaking every theatre seat was filled with screaming women.
As I watched his classic film “Jailhouse Rock” a few years ago I could not help but compare it to the modern-day real-life story of hip-hop’s most notorious record label “Death Row Records.” Who knows, perhaps Suge Knight took some tips from Colonel Tom Parkers playbook.
The smart and talented folks behind the scenes at DeepDiscount.com have been busy over the past few months cultivating the best collection of Elvis music, movies, and collectibles.
Elvis once said “If you’re looking for trouble, you came to the right place”
Violet Brown says “If you’re looking for ELVIS, you came to the right place”
Whether you are a casual Elvis fan or an Elvis fanatic you will find “EVERYTHING ELVIS”…HERE
Over the past couple of years “Pride Month” was celebrated online with virtual events due to the global pandemic. This year the celebrations return with the in-person fabulous festivities we are known for.
The celebrations resume with parades, festivals, parties, concerts, marches, music, movies and more!
Across America and the world, streets will be filled with millions of LGBTQ+ people and their allies that will join in peace and unity to celebrate their rich history and bright future.
Pride events bring awareness to the LGBTQ+ experience and community. The parades celebrate their accomplishments, growth, visibility, contributions to society, the creativity of the people and the freedom to be themselves.
We are everywhere and we will proudly show the world the beauty and importance of our people and culture throughout June.
Each year the celebrations seem to get BIGGER & BETTER. There was a time in which you could only find parades and festivals in major cities but now there are festivities and events in small cities and towns across the globe.
If you want to attend a Pride celebration near you, use this link for a calendar of events.
You can filter your search by country, state, or city.
If you can’t attend an in-person event, invite your friends, family, and LGBTQ allies to your home or to a park for your own celebration.
I always enjoy having a BBQ with good friends, great music, and classic LGBTQ+ films. If you are looking for a great selection of movies and music for your own PRIDE celebration…..Take a look at these MOVIES… DeepDiscount.com Site-Wide-Summer-Sale LGBTQ Movies
I particularly love my new, “fab” rainbow lava lamp that I found here.
This brings me to “WHY” I love writing about many of the products found at www.deepdiscount.com. In my past life as a music buyer for a large entertainment chain I understood our customers and I took pride in bringing in products that made them happy.
Before I started my blog I looked over the selection at Deep Discount and I was impressed by the DEEP SELECTION of product and titles they had to offer. They truly have EVERYTHING, including hard-to-find music and movie titles that collectors often look for. “DEEP DISCOUNT” offers a DEEP SELECTION along with DEEP DISCOUNTS for you. I am proud of the selection I can offer you in my blog.
Check back throughout the month to hear about some of my favorite LGBTQ+ titles and another one of my favorite things about in June…“African Music Appreciation Month”
When you woke up this morning was your first thought, “what is special about today?”
Or are you one of those perky, positive, people that says “EVERY DAY IS SPECIAL TO ME”?
I happen to believe that “IF” everyone could wake-up and think that every day was special…and that they too were special… and EVERYONE WERE SPECIAL, we could all live in a safer and happier world.
Did you know that June 1 is “NATIONAL SAY SOMETHING NICE DAY”? Neither did I until I looked at a list that tells me why “this day, June 1, is special”. In fact, it tells me why there is something to be aware of, appreciate, observe, and to be grateful for, EVERY DAY!
Some of these special awareness days or topics are hilarious to me….BUT they can also be deeply meaningful to others.
Below is the link I use to find out what I should care about each day. This list will tell you what is recognized and observed by each day of the year. These lists tell us Nationally and sometimes Internationally…What we should eat…What we should do…What I we should wear…Where we should go…and how WE should FEEL ABOUT ANY GIVEN DAY.
EVERY DAY IS A DAY OF RECOGNITION, AWARENESS. OBSERVANCE or APPRECIATION OF SOMETHING.
I can map out my entire day just by checking this site.But first, finish reading my post, because you might get lost or trapped in the enormous list of what you should care about on every day of your life!
I do not see myself celebrating this, but millions of others will be out there running on this HOT June day. Since today is also“National Olive Day,”I will shake up a few martinis and give a toast to all the runners out there.
AND…today is also “National Nail Polish Day”
This is just a reminder that perhaps I should stop biting my nails. Whereas others may show up at their nail salon and ask for some extra-long “Cardi B nails.” They can paint them GREEN since Wednesday is “National Green Day.” Of course, I would wait until Saturday for “National Purple Day” (I prefer to call it “National Violet Day”)
Did you know that EVERY DAY is National or World “SOMETHING DAY” for multiple things?
I dare you to guess how many Appreciation or Awareness days there are in the month of JUNE..
I dare you because today (June 1) is “DARE DAY”
If you guessed there are 88 special recognition days in June you would be correct. If you guessed wrong, you could have been right if you made your guess on March 16th which is, “EVERYTHING YOU DO IS RIGHT DAY”
If there are only 11 Federal Holidays in an entire year, why are there 88 Special Observance Days in June alone?
BECAUSE…Everyone loves to feel special about something other than just the GLORIOUS day they were born.
Some days are recognized by the Government as legal holidays, some are made-up holidays such as “Festivus for the Rest of Us” (made famous in Seinfeld, season 9, episode 10)
We have special days that were created by industries or brands just to sell you things on their special “made up” appreciation days. I wonder if September 16 was a slow day for avocado sales or perhaps a big batch of avocados were going bad on this day when some brilliant mind created “National Guacamole Day?” Frankly, I could celebrate “Guac-day” every day of the year.
Did you ever wonder who created these special days?
Was it the clerk behind the counter at 7-Eleven that suddenly said,“Today is July 7, 2002…7/11 and I declare this day to be National 7-eleven Day and we should give away FREE Slurpee’s”.
Now that we have discussed a few of the 88 things that were EXTRA-SPECIAL ABOUT TODAY…..This one STOOD OUT to me and looked like something that I should support and DO!
Today is “NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION RECOMMITMENT DAY”
In January I featured a post on “New Year’s Resolutions.”
Everyone seems to care about their health, fitness, and weight EVERY January. January is “National Healthy Weight Month.” In January there are sales on all thing’s fitness and weight loss. Those sales are a BIG REMINDER that we just might be a little pudgy and could stand to take off a few pounds (or 50..or 100).
So many of us make a NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION to lose weight and get fit. And we keep it for 1 day, a week or even two weeks. You were a “Resolution Rock-Star” if you made it past January 14 this year, which was the official “QUITTERS DAY” of 2022.
We really try to lose the same weight (or more) every year. Someday we will lose those pounds, but important things always come up that de-rail us. Things like “National Popcorn Day” on January 19…“Pizza Day” on February 9…“Beer Day” on April 7…or “Hamburger Day” on May 28. If we only had the willpower and strength to make it to “NEVER GIVE UP DAY” on AUGUST 18th,
Well, why not start over on this lovely “NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION RECOMMITMENT DAY”
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Revisit my fitness post from January 2022. I listed several of the TOP Fitness products from Merrithew. They have something that everyone can use to start or recommit to a fitness or weight loss resolution.
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“NEVER GIVE UP DAY” on August 18.
Since today is “SAY SOMETHING NICE DAY” I will tell you that “YOU CAN” make it past August 18 and you are “AWESOME” EVERYDAY and not just on the “INTERNATIONAL DAY of AWESOMENESS” on March 10.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the BIGGEST movie stars of all-time.
Over the last 13 years only 3.4% of the top grossing films featured Asian American or Pacific Islander leading actors.
44 films had an Asian American or Pacific Islander lead. 14 of these films featured Dwayne Johnson in a leading role. Dwayne is not just a Pacific Islander star he is one of the BIGGEST movie stars of the past two decades.
Since 2001 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has appeared in one movie or more each year. In 2013 he had five huge films within the same year.
There is no secret to his success. We have watched him in plain sight as he rose to wrestling stardom in 1996. Just three years later in 1999 he emerged as an actor. It did not take long until “The Rock” started making a name for himself as “Dwayne Johnson” in films. In 2001 he had a small role in “The Mummy Returns” but that led to a leading role in the 2002, “Scorpion King”.
Dwayne Johnson has been in or associated with 59 films. The hit TV show “Young Rock” is based on his life story. He is ranked at #6 of the highest grossing actors of all-time. His movies have earned $11.4 BILLION and counting….WORLD-WIDE
WHY ARE STUDIOS & DIRECTORS DRAWN TO WORKING WITH DWAYNE JOHNSON FOR SO MANY MOVIES?
Dwayne strives to be successful at everything he does. Perhaps these are a few of the reasons why he also WINS at everything he does!
HE IS COMPETITIVE….and he WINS!
HE WORKS HARD….Nothing stops him!
HE DREAMS BIG & FOLLOWS HIS DREAMS!
HE IS UNSTOPPABLE!
If you are looking for movies that the whole family can see, you can never go wrong with movies starring Dwayne Johnson.
Here is a list of some of his most popular films that I highly recommend:
This is a fantastic Disney animated film that the whole family can enjoy.
MOANA, an epic adventure about a spirited teen who sets sail on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) meets the once mighty demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), and together they cross the ocean on a fun-filled, action-packed voyage. Bring home the movie full of heart, humor, and oceans of bonus extras!
Moana is one of my Grand Daughters favorite films, so I found other Moana related goodies for her. She especially loves the soundtrack, the karaoke CD, and the Moana collectibles.
Jumanji is a fantasy, adventure film franchise that started in 1995.
The film also gave birth to a popular animated television series that aired from 1996-1999. In 2017 Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart & Jack Black brought Jumanji back to theatres. It was one of the highest grossing non-Disney and non- comic book films since Transformers. Due to the success of this sequel (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), there was another film in the series released in 2019. Dwayne, Kevin, and Jack were back in Jumanji: The Next Level with another box office success story.
Jumanji centers around four teens that discover a 16-bit video game called Jumanji in their school’s basement. Upon opening the game, the teens find themselves transported inside the game’s jungle world. Each teen is assigned an avatar. There is an explorer (Dwayne Johnson) with huge muscles, cartographer (Jack Black), a zoologist (Kevin Hart), and a beautiful martial artist (Karen Gillan). The four of them must survive a series of dangerous adventures to get back to the real world.
Jumanji will take the whole family on an adventure of a lifetime. Watch the first Jumanji and you will be wanting more so get all the Jumanji related films and products here: All Things JUMANJI from DeepDiscount.com
In 2011 Dwayne Johnson joined the 4th most successful movie franchise of all-time!
When Dwayne Johnson joined the popular “Fast & Furious” franchise it kicked hit star-power into high-gear!
Fast Five (2011)…Fast & Furious 6 (2013)…Furious 7 (2015)… The Fate of the Furious (2017)…The Fast & the Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
Dwayne brought the character of Luke Hobbs to the franchise in “Fast Five.”
Hobbs is a highly trained and skilled bounty hunter for the D.S.S. (Diplomatic Security Service). The character of Luke Hobbs gave birth to a spin-off of the “Fast” franchise in “The Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw.
I realize that this feature is dedicated to Dwayne Johnson, but I am going to recommend seeing ALL the “Fast & Furious” films. If you LOVE Dwayne in these films there are double DVD sets that contain the films that he starred in.
Here is Dwayne’s “Fast Five” and “Fast & Furious 6” collection if you just want to start with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s entry into this EPIC franchise.
This is one of my personal favorite Dwayne Johnson films.
This biopic is about a young teen named Saraya-Jade Bevis (Florence Pugh) from a small town in England who was pushed into joining her family’s business. That business was pro-wrestling. She spent a year learning the ropes of wrestling from her family and then she was ready to enter the ring as “Paige.” She soon became a rising star for the WWE. Dwayne Johnson was a co-star and the Executive Producer of “Fighting With My Family.”
A group of personal trainers decide to steal the American dream.
I have two reasons for liking this Michael Bay hilarious crime comedy….DWAYNE JOHNSON & MARK WALBURG. I love them both and they are magical together in this action, adventure, comedy. When a group of personal trainers (Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie) decide to steal the American Dream, they get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Now, living large will take everything they’ve got in the unbelievable true story that critics are calling “Goodfella’s on steroids”……and “outrageously entertaining.”
Are there 1 or 2 artists you would see live, no matter what you had to pay for a ticket?
In an earlier post I said that I am finished paying for high priced concert tickets. Especially when there are so many great DVDs of live shows that are available. I do enjoy sitting at home seeing a great concert from the comfort of my couch. With phenomenal speakers and a huge television screen it is much better than being in the back of a crowded and noisy venue. And let’s face it, these live recordings only capture the best performances from each artist. Live music recordings are pleasing to me, and they do eliminate spending a lot of money for tickets and the hassle of going to a venue ….
BUT, if Joni Mitchell, Sade, or Yusuf Islam (CAT STEVENS) ever come back for a live show, I WILL be in their audience no matter what the cost may be.
I would find a way to be there for any of these artists. I am a proud super-fan of Joni, Sade, and Yusuf…CAT!
The last time I saw Joni Mitchell perform in Southern California it was at the Gene Autry Museum in 1995. This photo was taken on this unique an intimate evening with Joni. This breath-taking show celebrated her music and artwork.
Sade’s 6th and last tour through the U.S. was in 2011. I have seen Sade each time she has been on tour, but it is not nearly enough. Her albums and tours are few and far between.
On December 14, 2014, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) returned to Southern California after 35 years to perform at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. There were no tickets, and I was desperate to get into this show. A generous friend purchased tickets for me from a private party. That friend is the comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias. I had to throw his name into this post because he has done wonderful things for so many people I know. He loves spreading joy on stage and off. Check out my upcoming feature on Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias…coming soon!
As you can see by the dates of their last tours, these artists are not likely to tour again soon….or possibly, ever again.
If you enjoy these artists as much as I do and would love to see them perform I invite you to visit their DVDs by using the links found below.
Now through the end of May deepdiscount.com is hosting their annual “Video Sale for Music Lovers.”
If you have wanted to see (ANY) of the artists you love in concert, but it has not been possible, this is the time to add their DVDs to your collection. If you have a friend or family member that has a birthday coming up, a DVD of their favorite artist or genre of music makes a thoughtful and perfect gift. If you know the person’s favorite artist or genre of music, you can never go wrong with the gift of music. Music brings good memories, joy, and happiness, so use the links below to browse a full selection of music and DVDs from hundreds of artist
Here are some NOT-SO-FUN FACTS about going to live shows in 2022…
However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel (well, at the end of this post)
We all know that inflation is something that we face daily…some things are up 5%….10%…25% or MORE. BUT, If you have tried to go to a LIVE show or concert lately you may have noticed some ticket prices are up 100%.
(I suppose they are making up for the time our world was shuttered during the pandemic. Guess what, many concert fans did not work either, so we do not finally get back to work and have a newfound fortune to spend on concert tickets. Some artists love and understand their fanbase and have welcomed fans back with affordable tickets.)
CHEAP SEATS are a thing of the past at most venues…Just think of them as PERMENTLY SOLD OUT.
The price gouging does not stop with the price of a seat to see a live show….We recently paid $158 to park our car for a 5 hour stay at a venue…closer lots were $300-$500…What happened to every car pays $10-$20 to park in any lot and “first come, first serve” for the closer spots?
QUESTION: Why not save money on parking and take a ride share company (you know which ones)?
ANSWER: Well due to the inflation of GAS prices and new surcharges, prices have risen sky-high to get you to and from concert venues. And good luck trying to find your driver or “A” driver after your show. Be prepared to pay more to get home than what you paid to get to your show…..FACT!
Need I mention GAS PRICES…NO, we all get this not-so-fun FACT!
Do not go to your concert hungry. It is cheaper to stop by a 3-5 star restaurant and eat before your show. Once you step into the lengthy line at the snack bar of the venue you will be paying BIG BUCKS for burgers, hot dogs, pizza, and other foods to crave your munchies.
Now here is a FUN FACT…
If you are a MUSIC LOVER…there is a sale JUST FOR YOU
You can sit in the “front-row” and still have “CHEAP SEATS” to see ANY show you want. You can also see your favorite shows over and over again….all from the comfort of your home.
You can browse hundreds of performances, documentaries, and other music related DVDs in this “VIDEO SALE for MUSIC LOVERS”
I thought I should see Paul McCartney live just one more time before he decides to stop performing….after all he is 80 years old.
After the “ordeal” and all the “drama & the work” it took to see Paul….I AM THE ONE THAT HAS DECIDED MAYBE ITS TIME TO STOP GOING TO OVER-PRICED SHOWS.
It has become next to impossible for regular fans to see their favorite acts these days (without taking out a loan or selling a kidney for the price of a ticket). Some shows cost as much as going on a vacation.
When I looked for tickets and saw the prices for McCartney I decided to stay home, bust out, and enjoy all my favorite McCartney and Beatles music and DVDs from my own collection. I was prepared to miss his show even if it may be his last tour through Los Angeles.
My son was not happy to hear that I was going to miss seeing McCartney, so he purchased a pair of tickets for his “2 moms” to see the show. The tickets set him back $1200 and the seats he purchased “SAT” us back about midway back from the stage. Even with $1200 seats we were watching Paul on the giant screens in the stadium.
Paul was performing at a new stadium, and we were not familiar with the parking situation, so I looked for information on-line. The website recommended purchasing pre-paid parking. We did not purchase parking in the $300 lot that was closest to the stadium. Instead, we bought the $117 parking ($158 after the tax and processing fees). Even though we had pre-paid parking we were instructed to arrive at 3:30 pm. If we could arrive when the lot opened we might be able to get an A.D.A. (handicapped) parking spot . The show was supposed to start at 7:30 but it started after 8:30 pm. This meant that we were there 5 hours early just to ensure we could get ADA parking. Of course, all the food, water and restrooms were behind the gates of the stadium which did not open until 6:00 pm. Many fans that arrived early (as suggested by the website) were roaming around outside the stadium in 90-degree heat looking for water, food, and restrooms.
We were all happy when the gates finally opened at 6:00 pm. We could then get our $7.50 small bottles of water and stand in long lines for the over-priced food.
The family that sat next to us during the show were buying $20 cans of beer all night from the guy who was walking through the stadium selling them.
I wanted to buy another bottle of water but those were not sold by the guys walking through the stadium. Another $7.50 bottle of water would require a walk up the stairs to the lobby.
So off I went to get my water. When I got to the lobby, I got sidetracked by a bar. I thought I would surprise my partner with her favorite drink, so I ordered a “Whiskey Old Fashioned” cocktail and a margarita. I was told that I needed to go to the “whiskey bar” to get her drink. That bar was on the other side of the huge arena, but I could get my margarita about midway there from the “tequila bar.” All this hassle because the regular “bar-bar” did not sell these drinks. I wanted my drinks, so I made the trek around the stadium and stood in more lines to bring the 2 drinks back to my seat. These drinks were $79 including tax and tip. Needless to say, we would not be a risk on the road after the show by having just one round of $79 drinks.
We returned home about 11 hours after we headed out on our Paul McCartney adventure….it was now 1:00 am.
I am not completely giving up on going to live shows, but I will be VERY selective about who I see in the future.
I have a comfortable reclining couch, a fully stocked bar and we can prepare our favorite snacks to have while we watch our favorite artists perform live on our ultra-clear, GIANT screen TV. Never again will I put ourselves and our wallets through a lot of drama just to see our musical heroes….and, in the most “uncomfortable” way.
We can sit in the comfort of our own home, safely sipping on our favorite drinks…munching on our own favorite foods….wearing whatever we are comfortable in…and saving a whole lot of money on gas, tickets, processing fees, taxes, parking, $70 t-shirts, and other venue money traps.
Deepdiscount.com is currently having a HUGE Video Sale for Music Lovers. If you have a solo artist or band that you LOVE seeing live, just search their name on DeepDiscount.com and be prepared to hear and see them…YOUR WAY!
See all your favorite artists in their prime when they looked and sounded their absolute best. Our heroes live on forever thanks to the body of work they leave behind.
Throughout May I will tell you more about some of my favorite artists and the videos in their catalogs….Make sure you check out all the great performances, documentaries and more from YOUR favorite artists…Get them while you can get MORE for LESS at DeepDiscount.com
It includes a photo of me with 2 Beatles…PAUL & RINGO…Check out that story and see if you can spot me in the photo with Paul. You can see by the look on my face that I was VERY HAPPY to be next to him. Oh, and about the hair in that photo with Ringo (it was the 80’s)