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JUST A THOUGHT……on farewell tours

Through the years I have attended several farewell tours for artists that were retiring and ending their live shows. Back in the day before the luxury of buying tickets from our phones or computers, we went to the box office of venues or record and department stores to buy our tickets.

We would line up and sometimes camp in parking lots until the box office opened.

When “FAREWELL TOURS” were announced, I would definitely get a ticket to the “last” show in my area. I would guard that ticket like gold until the night that I would see my “fave” artist perform live for the last time.

Then miraculously 1, 2 or 3 years later the artist that retired would return for another show. This happened a few times before I no longer believed in these farewell tours. Some of the artists and bands were in their 30’s when they announced their retirement. These announcements seemed to happen a lot in the Rock and Hip-Hop genres.

Can you imagine being able to retire in your 30’s?

Well neither could some of the retirees so they would come back for more FAME…..and fortune. I tend to believe it is the fame they missed most.

Some retirees were bold enough to say that they retired just for album and ticket sales. I suppose that is their way of dipping into their “retirement funds.” Some artists even said that their record label or manager told them to pull off this “Farewell Tour” hoax. A good portion of us will always fall into the “FAREWELL” trap, because we never know when the “story” might be true.



Motley Crue announced their retirement in 2014…

…but if you feel like rockin’ out you can purchase tickets now to see them this summer. You can also OWN their last “final” show that was recorded on December 31, 2015, in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA. This is a GREAT live recording!

See, hear, and relive this spectacular Motley Crue show on Blu-ray by clicking here.


Cher….If she really could really “Turn Back Time” she might be retired and enjoying a boyfriend (half her age) on an island in paradise.

In 2005 Cher went on a “FAREWELL TOUR” that lasted 326 days.

She earned 250 Million dollars which would be plenty for us “regular” folks to retire on, but Cher is far from regular. She returned in 2008 for 200 more residency shows in Las Vegas. This was the perfect place for the “REAL” Cher since the Las Vegas strip has had 100’s of Cher impersonators and Drag Queens performing as her for decades. Cher is now 75 years “young”, and she says she is returning to Vegas this year…We shall see!

In 1999 Cher recorded a live show at the MGM in Vegas. THIS IS A MUST HAVE FOR ALL CHER FANS….Pick it up on DVD here.


I was excited to see Nine Inch Nails in 2009 for their last show….and once again, I am excited to see them back in Los Angeles on 9/16/22.

…and once again, I am excited to see them back in Los Angeles on 9/16/22.

It is hard to choose a favorite album by Nine Inch Nails. Each album is an experience. Trent Reznor is a ‘musical genius.” I suggest using that discount offer coupon on and grabbing ANY & ALL titles by Nine Inch Nails. There are even a couple of live DVDs that you can enjoy

Use this link for a complete collection of NINE INCH NAILS titles.


I have seen Jay Z several times since he retired in 2003 at age 33.

And I will be there every time Jay Z rolls through my city.

I know that most hip-hop fans have all Jay Z titles in their collections, but some may not know about this gem….

JAY Z : Live…MTV Un-Plugged available here.

If you are missing any Jay Z title in your collection you can always find them here.


Too $hort retired in 1996 at age 30. Since his “retirement” he has released 11 more albums.

AND…he is currently on tour now and performing across the country. Too $hort is 55 and still going strong. His hit song says “Life is Too $hort” but apparently not for Todd Anthony Shaw the one we call “Too $hort”

I highly recommend one of my favorite Too short albums,  “Life is Too $hort”. Available here.

“The Mack of the Century: Too Short’s Great Hits” on CD is a must for “the ride”. Available here.


Elton John retired at age 50. When his fans went to his concert at Wembley Stadium in 1997…

…they did not know he would announce that “their” show would be his last. I suppose he sold a lot of programs and t-shirts that night since they would be instant collectors’ items. And they were collectors’ items for 2 years, until he returned to performing in 1999. I have personally seen Elton perform many times since his retirement. And I will be ecstatic to see him again in November 2022 at his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour”.

I first saw Elton John in 1970 and I have loved every show over these past 52 years. It will be sad to see Elton John go but I believe in my heart that at 75, Elton John deserves to retire and spend time with his family.

He will leave us with 31 studio albums…5 live albums…22 compilation albums…9 soundtracks…3 tribute albums…4 collaboration albums…and 2 holiday albums.

You can find his CD’s, LP’s, DVD’s,  Deluxe Editions, and Imports at

Also….Check back this month for a full feature on Elton John as I feature my favorite, ROCK LEGENDS!


Sir Paul McCartney is 79 years “young”. I will attend his concert at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California in May.

He has not announced that this is his last tour, but he does deserve a rest.

After all Sir Paul has given us 61 years of musical bliss since he first hit the stage with “The Beatles” in 1961. I will be there to see McCartney just in case he decides to make this his last tour.

You can find an impressive selection of Sir Paul’s music with “The Beatles,” his band “Wings” and his solo albums on CD, LP’s, and DVD’s here.

We never want our favorite artists to retire and go away but sometimes we “REALLY’ must let go and say….FAREWELL

Although it is sad, all artists and bands will retire someday. And when I say ALL, that means that even the youngest pop stars of today. Justin Bieber, BTS, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, Olivia Rodrigo and even the next batch of pop stars will age and retire someday. They also may have 1, 2 or 3 FAREWELL TOURS so get those tickets (every time). But make sure you also have all their music on LP, CD and DVD. These formats have proven to be good and who knows if the new formats that are yet to come will be as good as the next batch of influencers tell you they are.

I am so happy I collected my musical heroes throughout my life. My collection of music and films were my saviors during the pandemic.

I may not have their live shows forever, but I will always have their catalog of music. I especially treasure my collection of Live concerts on DVD’s. I own them and no one can take the magic of those shows away from me. I can see and hear my favorite artists in their prime or in their later years…I can even see some of them “alive” again!

If you have favorite artists, bands, or genres of music, start collecting everything you can find…OWN THEIR MUSIC…the LIVE CONCERTS…and all their MUSIC VIDEOS.

OWN IT ALL because who knows when it may be gone (or gone in tangible form). INVEST IN YOUR MUSIC HEROES.

YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND IT & OWN IT by visiting my favorite place for a deep selection of music and films…

LAST THOUGHT….I am okay with not seeing shows because the artist decided they are just too old or tired to “rock” or “rap” just one more day…………..

But it will be quite all right if I am wheeled into a show at age 90 to see a 73-year-old Snoop Dog (drop it like it used to be hot), or a 72-year-old Eminem, or a 43-year-old Billie Eilish and more.

So now….I will bid you a fond FAREWELL…until tomorrow when I return to talk about some of my favorite “Rock Legends”

JUST A THOUGHT…about Betty White

On New Year’s Eve I woke up in a joyous mood. I had been writing a blog entry to be released on 1/17/22 in celebration of Betty White’s 100th birthday.

As I was writing I noticed a news alert that came through on my phone. That alert was shocking. It announced that Betty White had just died.

Although Betty was going to be 100 and we all knew that someday we would get this horrible news, it was still shocking.

Betty White never seemed old; she was often seen with young stars. Her jokes and timing were always on point and youthful.

I hope you were able to catch the rerun of Betty White hosting Saturday Night Live this past Saturday. It was a strong reminder of just how great and funny Betty White was. Frankly, it was one of my favorite S.N.L episodes of all-time.

I believe that most of us only saw Betty as that funny, witty, and charming lady that we have ALL grown up watching in several hit TV shows, game shows, commercials and in numerous amazing interviews. Since she was always working and visible we just never saw her as someone who would ever leave us.

In my eyes, betty White was forever young and forever HERE!

Today as I pick up where I left off on my Betty White story, I am not going to change it to a memorial for her. I will release it on her 100th birthday as planned to celebrate her amazing life. I heard that the documentary, “Betty White: 100 Years Young” will also be released to theatres as planned so I will be watching, and I hope you will too.

I am deeply saddened that Betty did not make it to her 100th birthday but today I read that her last word was “Allen.”

Allen was the love of her life and husband that left her far too soon in 1981 from cancer. In all these years since Allen’s passing Betty never remarried. She always said that she looked forward to being with him again someday. I am not sure what you believe but I am choosing to believe that she is happy and healthy again with her “forever-love”..…. Allen Ludden.


But we will continue to enjoy the outstanding performances that she brought to radio, television and film for eternity.


Check back on January 17th when I will celebrate Betty White’s 100th birthday and her 82 years of bringing us joy!

Just a Thought 12/29/2021

As I mentioned before, I relied heavily on to get through the madness of my holiday shopping. As I browsed through the music and movie genres, I spotted some items that I wanted for myself.

Well, I spotted a LOT of items that “I MUST HAVE” for myself.

Since most things are still on sale, I am going to get all of those “MUST HAVES” while I can still save a little dough.

Maybe you would like to follow my lead and get all the stuff that “YOU REALLY WANTED” for Christmas but did not receive. No one knows you better than you, so load up on all your favorite stuff…. guilty pleasures….and the stuff you just could not put on your list for your boo, kids, parents, or grandma.

Get the stuff you want, now through January 15 …..while it is still…ON SALE!

JUST A THOUGHT – Friday, 15 days before Christmas

That’s right, we only have 15 shopping days till Christmas

Notice…I said… “WE”

If you are a late shopper, I am right there with you…BUT, I am jumping on this task today. I am going through my list to see just how many people I can give MUSIC, MOVIES, or other entertainment related stuff to.

I refuse to go to malls… I refuse to sit in traffic… I refuse to blow a gallon of gas just finding a parking spot… I REFUSE!

I do not know about you, but I have a budget for this year, so I am looking for “DEALS.” I am trying to get all my loved ones a little something. So, I will go where I know the gifts are cool and where I can get more for less!

I know the people on my list that love music, movies, vinyl, books, games, electronics, toys, and collectibles.

I know who watched “Squid Games” and I know that has very cool items that my “Squid” friends would love.

I also know which friends are collecting vinyl. I am going to check out some gifts for them at And for my friend with the vintage turntable who loves that old classic, collectors type vinyl, I will get their gift at

It may be a little difficult browsing through the vinyl without buying for myself. These websites are like being in a candy store. Every time I visit these sites I find vinyl gems that I MUST have for MYSELF! But I will stick to my plan of shopping for others (even though I have been nice and never naughty).

My final thought of the day………..

Have a GREAT weekend and I will meet you back here on Monday. I have a lot to talk about next week as we approach that BIG DAY on December 25!



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As we go through the holidays we all have a lot on our mind. Most of us have too much on our minds.

Thoughts and mental reminders pop into my head nearly every waking minute. The thoughts may be prompts for small tasks or perhaps it will be a “dreaded, time-sensitive thought” like….

“I really should decorate for my guests and start shopping for gifts since Christmas is just 17 days away.”

Every year I have the intent to start getting ready early and to finish by Thanksgiving. The first thoughts show up around Halloween. But I always tell myself that I have plenty of time to do all this stuff before I need to stuff the turkey. Every year I tend to move slowly .

But for some odd reason the clock seems to tick faster after Thanksgiving. And before I know it, the clock is ticking at warped speed and here I am once again, at 17 days until Christmas.

Yesterday I decided it is time to get everything done by the end of this week. I started by making that all important “to-do-list.” That meant putting all my thoughts and holiday tasks on paper, or better yet, into my phone. As I sat down to create the perfect to-do-list, I suddenly could not remember everything that was once an important thought. It seemed like hundreds of important things that once flashed through my head were suddenly gone. Then another thought came to mind, I should have been writing my thoughts down as they popped into my head……DUH!

If I write it down I will not forget it. If it is on my list I am not likely to blow it off or completely forget it.

My “BIG THOUGHT” of today is to create the list where I can collect all my thoughts notate my tasks. Each day, the list will give me the needed nudge, to act on my thoughts and tasks. I will reward myself with a check mark as I knock things off my list.

The heading of my super-duper, to-do-list simply says, “JUST A THOUGHT.”

This sounds simple and easy to manage because they are just short thoughts. I could add “go holiday shopping” or I could add all aspects of what shopping entails. From gassing up the car and traveling to some crowded shopping mall, to roaming through store after store hoping to find the perfect gift for Aunt Betty (who I only see once a year…. or decade.)

Every year I believe that going to the mall with festive holiday music, Santa and his elves, the smell of the cinnamon buns, pretzels, the bright lights, and displays will put me in the spirit of the season.

But I often just leave the mall completely frustrated with nothing in hand except an over-priced coffee and a pretzel. My aunt’s perfect gift was not at this mall so maybe it will be at a different mall tomorrow. Do I dare try this again tomorrow? The little voice inside my head tells me that the same hurdles and frustration will be there tomorrow, in any mall I decide to go to.

Every year I tell myself that I am going to simplify shop online. There I can get everything I need. Online, I can find an excellent selection and get the best deals without the stress of the malls.

JUST A THOUGHT…. This WILL be the year I will finally remove stress and…I WILL DO ALL MY SHOPPING ONLINE!

But what are the perfect gifts that people truly will enjoy and will fit into my budget?

JUST ANOTHER THOUGHT……Everyone loves to be entertained, so music, movies, games, or books can always spark joy or warm feelings for everyone on my shopping list.

  • I know that my Godson is a gamer so he will love a new game.
  • My niece started collecting vinyl so she will get something to add to her collection.
  • My nephew thinks he is an expert on hip hop, so he will get the “Smithsonian Anthology of Hip Hop and Rap” Box Set so he really will know his hip hop history.
  • Great Grandma loves Tony Bennett so his new and final studio album with Lady Gaga “Love for Sale” could be perfect her.

I will go to and find something for everyone on my holiday list. My gifts will spark emotion, bring back vivid memories, or simply put a good feeling in the hearts and minds of my loved ones.

This year I am giving gifts of music or movies to my special friends. Many of us share similar tastes. I suppose that is why our friendship and bond has endured throughout the years. I love to give meaningful gifts throughout the year at any time, sometimes with no special occasions. But I have decided that for the holidays this year, I am going to give the gift of music and movies to my friends. I will add a card to explain how this music or movie reminds me of them. My gift will be creative, thoughtful, and affordable so I can reach a few more loved ones this year.

For instance, I have a very vivid memory of driving up the coast with a bestie, singing loudly to Joni Mitchell, Carole King and James Taylor songs. It was a beautiful, sunny California day; the music was loud, and we were singing with pure joy in our hearts.

Unfortunately, she had to move away so I am going to send her Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” and “Court and Spark” and tell her what that day with her in Cali, meant to me.

This is a personal and thoughtful gift that I hope will give her some of the joy we felt on our memorable drive up the coast. It is not an expensive gift but with my hand-written card it could be priceless to her. Her friendship is priceless to me, and it I will be heart-warming just writing her card.

I have another friend that I went to see the original “Matrix” with in 1999. The film blew our minds. We could not stop talking about it. I will never forget where, when and with whom I shared this movie with. The Matrix franchise is releasing, “The Matrix Resurrection” on December 22, 2021.

I am going to send my friend the original “Matrix” on DVD with a card telling him what our “Matrix” experience meant to me.

I will always think of him and our special day when I watch any Matrix related films.

Going forward I have decided to include thoughts on my BLOG that are reminders about certain events, the latest music, movies, upcoming holidays, and other random stuff.

When you see “JUST A THOUGHT” on my blog, it will be a short, sweet reminder about something you may be interested in knowing more about.

Here is my first, Violet Brown Told You…


You can still find perfect gifts in stock with time to get them before the holiday if you act now. So, stop procrastinating before these 17 days will turn into 9 days.

Go to and check out all the “meaningful” movies, music and more that you will find for your loved ones, co-workers, or for those holiday parties that require a gift under $10 or $20. You can find everyone’s gift and still stay within your budget!