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In Celebration of Comic-Con 2022

Plus the lifestyle brand that is killing it in the pop-culture world.

If you can’t be at Comic-Con this year, you can still get together with some of your friends and share your favorite comic books, movies, and TV shows. My new obsession that began during the pandemic is collecting “Funko” figurines. I am crazy about collecting all my favorite hip hop stars, rock Gods, athletes, movie and television figurines.

I found RUN DMC figurines which I display near one of my most treasured photos with all 3 members of the group (R.I.P. Jam Master Jay).

I also just picked up the “Jordan Peele” Funko figurine since I am seeing his newest film “Nope” this coming weekend. I am sure his new film will be the talk of Comic-Con this coming weekend in San Diego, CA.

Since I know what my friends like I am buying Funko figurines that I know they would love as birthday and holiday gifts. I am getting their gifts early to avoid the dreaded holiday “out-of-stock” conditions. Right now, they are priced low and with the extra 10% off discount coupon at “Deep Discount” these are very affordable and perfect gifts.

I love when my friends take the time to choose gifts that are meaningful and special to me. Showing that you know what your friend collects or likes shows them you know them well and care about them. If you are not sure of the unique things that they are into, it’s never too late to find out. Funko figurines are an inexpensive way to give them something they will genuinely like. Their favorite music, movie, comic, or television heroes in a figurine is unexpected and a great surprise.

While browsing the FUNKO products by genres I found so many great gifts for my friends. Some friends that I bond with because of our love of music, Stranger Things, Seinfeld, Game of Thrones, Ozark, and other shows. I can’t wait to see their faces when they open the figurines of the things they love most.

I am adding the “Ruth” of “Ozark” figurine to my own collection today.

And I can’t wait to get the “Stranger Things” Funko’s into the hands of my Godson. He also loves Video Games, Anime, Sports, Marvel, DC , Horror films and even something as random as “Froot Loops.”  Much to my surprise I found a “Froot Loop” figurine under the “Funko Ad Icons” category.

When I take the time to click tabs that I don’t usually visit, I often discover some real gems and treasures. By clicking “Toys and Gifts” at www.deepdiscount.com I found something unique and special for all my friends and loved ones. I can not believe how many categories and AWESOME products that are available from Funko.

Check out their vast selection of Funko figurines, t-shirts and more. Find something for everyone……and most importantly…..YOU! Just Click Here

You can also see a complete, kick-ass list of ALL Comic-Con Sale titles Here

“Everybody’s movin’, everybody’s groovin’ baby”

Where are the parties this summer?

Just in case it’s at your house…the beach…a park or even at someone else’s house, you may be the one who brings the perfect music. I assume if you are reading my blog you may be the one that is the designated DJ. It may be up to you to get the party started and poppin’ all the way till the end. YES, I said it….if you are the one bringing music, planning the playlist, or suggesting the tunes….YOU ARE “sort of” a DJ.

I feel a little qualified to help you out on this since I was a club and mobile DJ for over 26 years. I owned a DJ service that did house parties, weddings, beach parties, desert raves, bar mitzvahs, quinceañeras and any event that needed “GREAT” music. I loved rockin’ the dance floors and intensity of any type of party! When summer rolled around I was always booked and in high demand.

SUMMERTIME…..IS PARTY TIME!

I played music for all types of people and parties. So, my gigs went from spinning music at hip-hop gigs, to 70’s disco parties, 80’s new wave, country line dance parties, EDM, House, Techno, hard rock parties and more.

This summer I feel the need to talk about some of the artists that always ensured a packed dancefloor. These same artists are also great in cars as you head out on summer road trips and get-aways.

Since I often write about hip hop, I am going to mix it up and talk about 80’s “New Wave” dance music. If you love this sub-genre of rock and alternative music, I am sure you felt compelled to run to the dance floor when you heard “Rock Lobster” or “Love Shack.”

So, let’s talk, B-52’s!

This week it was announced that after 45 years, The B-52’s will be performing their final shows. They will be in select cities starting on August 22 in Seattle, WA and ending on November 13, in their home state of Georgia.

In the 80’s they were one of my most requested groups for just about any type of party or event. Their music was highly infectious. The B-52’s are known as “The World’s Greatest Party Band.” Whenever I wanted to turn up the heat on the dancefloor, they were my go-to band.

In celebration of “Summer Party Pop” music you can find all your favorite B-52 party jams like, Rock Lobster, Love Shack, Private Idaho, Planet Claire, Dance the Mess Around, Strobe Light, Party Out of Bounds and more…Click Here for deals on the B-52’s from my friends at DeepDiscount.com

If you want the B-52’s order NOW. Due to the announcement of their farewell tour, they are selling fast, so if a title is out, it will be back again shortly. And don’t forget to use the 10% discount coupon to get even more savings off your order.

DJ’s and COLLECTORS….check out this “classic vinyl” of “Dance This Mess Around.” It’s a MUST-HAVE and now on sale for you Click Here.

Come back tomorrow to check out more….PARTY MUSIC

Until you return enjoy a few of these classic videos and feel free to dance….no one is looking!

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime – YouTube

Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart (Official Video) – YouTube

Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two – YouTube

Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Official Video) – YouTube

“BIG” WINNERS

Congratulations to the lucky winners of our Notorious B.I.G. contest

~ Derek “D-Tragic” Duncan of California
~ DJ Yoshi of New Jersey

Both have won the 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of the final studio album from Biggie Smalls, “Life After Death”

This 8 LP Box Set is a “must-have” for all hip-hop fans and collectors so even if you didn’t win, you can still pick up your copy here

And…don’t forget to use the Deep Discount 10% Coupon to unlock even more savings!

Notorious B.I.G. Could Be Yours For FREE

Someone is going to be VERY HAPPY when they WIN this 25th ANNIVERSARY of the SUPER DELUXE EDITION of the FINAL STUDIO ALBUM from the “ICONIC RAP LEGEND”……NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

Keep reading to find out how YOU can WIN this special, deluxe edition!

During Black Music Appreciation month, we often see interesting and amazing titles released that appeal to the hard-core collectors and fans.

Here is one of the collector’s editions I am most excited about!

VINYL COLLECTORS……this one is for YOU!!!!

The Notorious B.I.G / “Life After Death” 25th Anniversary “SUPER DELUXE” edition was just released. This was the FINAL studio album from “Biggie Smalls”

The Life After Death 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe Boxed Set consists of 8-LPs and a commemorative booklet featuring rare photos from the album cover shoot, liner notes by Sheldon Pearce, and exclusive reflections from members of the team who worked on the original album release. In addition to the original album, it includes the Hypnotize 12″, Mo Money Mo Problems 12″, Sky’s The Limit 12″, and Nasty Boy 12″.

Upon its 1997 release, Life After Death debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. It was the first album to feature two back-to-back posthumous #1 singles, “Hypnotize” and “Mo Money Mo Problems.” The album received a GRAMMY® nomination in the category of “Best Rap Album.” “Hypnotize” earned a GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Rap Solo Performance,” and “Mo Money Mo Problems” was nominated for “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.” Among dozens of lists and retrospectives, Rolling Stone touted Life After Death among its coveted “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” The RIAA has awarded the album a Diamond Certification for more than 5 million copies sold of the double-LP.

Get it by clicking here and save a HUGE 24% off NOW!

The Notorious B.I.G. Life After Death (25th Anniversary Edition) Deluxe Edition, Boxed Set, Anniversary Edition on DeepDiscount

Here is a personal remembrance with Biggie!

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.

NOW….HERE IS HOW YOU CAN WIN a SUPER DELUXE EDITION of the brand new 25th ANNIVERSARY of the NOTORIOUS B.I.G. “LIFE AFTER DEATH” on 8 LP’s.

I am making this simple, so everyone has a GREAT chance to win!

We will randomly choose a winner from all our entries on MONDAY, JULY 11, 2022

  1. You must be a subscriber of my blog “VioletBrownToldMe.com.” If you have not subscribed to my FREE blog, just do so now!
  • Send me your FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER & ADDRESS so I can find you and send your package when YOU WIN!
  • Mention “BIGGIE CONTEST” in the subject line of your email to me.

HERE IS MY DIRECT EMAIL ADDRESS:
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GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!

ELVIS

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

Search results for All Products : “Elvis Presley” (deepdiscount.com)

ELVIS  “THE KING” PRESLEY WILL BE ON SALE THROUGHOUT JUNE….And make sure to UNLOCK another 10% savings off your order with that AWESOME coupon that pops up when you open www.deepdiscount.com

Here are my some of my favorite Elvis films:

Jailhouse Rock (1957)

Jailhouse Rock Deluxe Edition, Remastered, Restored, Widescreen on DeepDiscount.com

Blue Hawaii (1961)

Blue Hawaii Widescreen, Dolby, AC-3 on DeepDiscount.com

Elvis On Tour (1972)

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Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Viva Las Vegas Remastered, Restored, Widescreen, Subtitled on DeepDiscount.com

King Creole (1958)

King Creole Limited Edition, Remastered, Widescreen, Amaray Case on DeepDiscount.com

G.I. Blues (1960)

G.I. Blues Widescreen, AC-3, Dolby, Mono Sound on DeepDiscount.com

Follow That Dream (1962)

Follow That Dream Subtitled, Dubbed, Repackaged, Standard Screen on DeepDiscount.com

AND….for a SUPER ELVIS FILM BARGAIN check out this 7 Movie DVD set…..WOW!

Elvis 7-Film Collection Boxed Set on DeepDiscount.com

When you see “Elvis” on June 24, come back and share your thoughts on it!

Who Would You Pay Big Bucks to See in Concert?

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

Click here to find your favorite artists DVDs on sale:
Music Video Sale on DeepDiscount

Looking for just Joni Mitchell, click here:
Search results for All Products : “Joni Mitchell” (deepdiscount.com)

For Sade Super-fans , click here:
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For Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens) fans click:
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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”

Here is that link…again Music Video Sale on DeepDiscount

See The Greats One More Time?

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!

I feel a little silly because I did not click here to enjoy Paul McCartney….MY WAY
Paul McCartney CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray on sale at DeepDiscount.com

I could have also clicked here to relive Beatlemania in the comfort of my home. The Beatles CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, Box Sets and more from DeepDiscount.com

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)

Was Prince a Rock Legend?

Or was he a FUNK….R&B…..POP….or SOUL LEGEND?

Most music fans would agree that “PRINCE WAS A LEGEND

When Prince Rogers Nelson was born, did his mother have a premonition that her baby boy would grow into his ROYAL NAME and RULE MANY GENRES of MUSIC?

PRINCE was PERFECTION…he was a MUSICAL GENIUS…he MASTERED 27 INSTRUMENTS…he was a PROLIFIC songwriter and composer…he had AMAZING GUITAR SKILLS…Some call Prince a GUITAR GOD (some say GUITAR HERO)

Prince was a Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Producer, Actor, Innovator, Game-changer, Music Mogul, GENIUS…ICON and a LEGEND!

Today, on April 21, 2022, it has been 6 years since PRINCE left us.

Prince fans will NEVER forget where they were and what they were doing on the morning of April 21, 2016, when they were hit over-the-head with the news of the passing of PRINCE. For me it was unbelievable and 6 years later it is still UN-REAL.

I had the rare opportunity to visit Prince at his private estate and production complex…PAISLEY PARK.

I was there on October 26, 1996, for a private listening party with Prince and 12 other fortunate music execs to hear his new album. The album was “Emancipation.” It was a triple album, so we were alone with Prince for more than 4 hours as he played and discussed all 36 songs on the album. After hearing the entire album Prince asked us if we wanted to stick around for a “demonstration.” We were not exactly sure what his demonstration would be but the invitation to stick around longer with Prince was “music” to our ears.

His demonstration turned out to be the MOST AMAZING and INTIMATE PRINCE SHOW we would EVER see!

The 13 of us….stood in his massive sound stage room where Prince usually rehearsed for all his major tours including his famous super-bowl performance.

Prince left us alone in the room and told us to have some snacks. The beverage of the night was delicious juices…NO ALCOHOL WAS ALLOWED AT EVENTS IN PAISLEY PARK. Prince was never much of a drinker – he only enjoyed a little red wine on special occasions.

After about an hour wait, all lights went out and we were standing in total darkness. Then a purple spotlight hit the middle of his giant “all-white” stage. Purple smoke started to spew out of fog machines that were on each side of the stage.

Prince stepped into the spotlight with his guitar. We could vaguely see the other band members through the purple fog/smoke.

Prince proceeded to give us a private show with a full band. I stood right in front of the stage, looking up at him as he played 10 songs. Song #2 was Purple Rain and he stood right at the edge of the stage. I could have touched his feet. He played Purple Rain for 13 people as though he was playing it for the Super Bowl….I felt as though I could faint…it was over-whelming.

We later found out that we had seen a rehearsal for a live show he was recording at Paisley Park. The special show would have an audience full of hardcore Prince fans. The show aired on MTV, BET & VH1 in November of 1996. The show was to promote and celebrate the release of his (triple) “Emancipation” album (released on Nov. 19, 1996)

Our special Prince show is “The most memorable show of my lengthy career in music” I have witnessed so many amazing and special shows, but this PRIVATE, INTIMATE PRINCE show for 13 people tops my list of the MOST MEMORABLE SHOWS OF ALL-TIME!

I am not going to get into specific albums by Prince, but I will invite you to use the link below to check out my feature on…PURPLE RAIN (written on 6/18/21).

Prince: Purple Rain-Violet Brown Told Me

I will end with my most treasured item and moment with Prince……….

“The Item”

On November 20, 2001, Prince released his 24th album on NPG Records along with Redline Entertainment.

The album was “The Rainbow Children” and I was a buyer for Wherehouse Music.

I was told that my sales rep was bringing something special to me from Prince. I had been given a few things from Prince over the years but this time my sales rep walked in with a CD. He asked me to play track 12, called “Family Name”. I listened closely for several minutes but nothing was standing out until I reached about 6:09 of the 8:17 minute song. It was at that moment in the song where Prince was jammin’ on his guitar and he said, “make a sound”

then all music ceased and he very clearly said, “Violet Brown.”

Then he went back to jammin.’ I could not believe my ears and it made me very emotional.

ALBUM: Rainbow Children

SONG: “Family Name”  (Track #12…Verse 6)

(Found at 5:50-6:10 of the song)

People, people what’s your name?
Maybe, we should start all over
Let everybody get in the game
Put up a one gloved fist
Make a sound, Violet Brown

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“My Magical Moment with Prince”

It was at a Goapele show in Hollywood where I had the rare opportunity to see Prince again. I was seated upstairs in a V.I.P area at a great table with 3 of my friends. A waiter came over and asked if he could seat 2 more people at my table. I said

“yes” and I noticed he was bringing Raphael Saadiq and another man to my table. Raphael sat down next to me which was fine because I know him well. When I looked at the other man I was shocked to see it was Prince. I whispered to Raphael that after the show I needed to speak to Prince. With so many eyes on Prince, he never seemed to make eye contact with anyone. He just sat and watched Goapele as she gave an outstanding performance. At the end of the show Raphael tapped my arm and then he said to Prince “This is Violet Brown, she is the…” and before he could finish Prince stood up and took my hand and said “I know exactly who she is. She is the buyer at The Wherehouse.” I then looked right into the eyes of Prince and told him how much the mention of my name in his song meant to me. As I was telling him how much his gesture touched my heart, I got emotional and started to cry. Raphael found this to be funny which made me a little embarrassed, but it did lighten the moment and helped me to calm down. This is one of my most memorable times with Prince.

Just in case you may be wondering who Goapele is and why Prince went to see her that night, just check out her video for “Closer.”

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Come back to see which ROCK LEGEND I feature next…..DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE???

ROCK LEGENDS

When I think of rock legends, the first band that pops in my head is……….

LED ZEPPELIN

Led Zeppelin tops the list when it comes to the GREATEST HARD ROCK BANDS of ALL-TIME. Many magazines and media outlets rank them at #1. They are my favorite hard rock band of all-time.

For my birthday in 1970 I begged for just one gift, and it was for a ticket to see Led Zeppelin at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. It would be the perfect gift since my birthday was on March 26 and the concert was on March 27.

My mother gave me one of the greatest gifts ever and somewhere in my prized possessions I have a ticket stub for the March 27, 1970, Led Zeppelin concert. This show set my mom back $6.00 in 1970 which was quite a bit at the time.

After this “Zeppelin” show I would continue to see them every time they came anywhere near Los Angeles, California.

Here are some facts about my favorite hard rock band…..LED ZEPPELIN

LED ZEPPELIN was a British band that consisted of Robert Plant on vocals, guitarist Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones on Keyboard and bass and the late John Bonham on drums.

They were a short-lived band that performed together from 1968-1980. The band ended due to the passing of drummer John Bonham on September 25, 1980. Rather than replace Bonham with a new drummer they decided they could not go on without him. Two months after John’s death Led Zeppelin made the announcement that out of respect for Bonham and his family, they were officially calling it quits. This shocking announcement came on December 4, 1980.

Since then, they have only performed a few times…

  • In 1985 for “Live Aid” with Phil Collins and Tony Thompson on drums.
  • In 1988 for the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary celebration and concert at Madison Square Garden. John Bonham’s son, Jason Bonham was on drums for this show.

AND….on DECEMBER 10, 2007, at the O2 Arena in London.

This is now known as the “GREATEST ROCK & ROLL SHOW EVER!

This EPIC show put Led Zeppelin on another prestigious list.

Led Zeppelin is the only musical act on the list of the “Top 10 Most Expensive Seats of All-time”. They are ranked at #10 behind legendary, historic sporting events and space flights

Face-value tickets were $250 to see Led  Zeppelin perform their first show in 27 years at the O2 Arena. But it was reported that one super-fam paid $14,700 for his seat and another fan paid $168,000 at a charity auction for 2 seats to the show.

The iconic band re-grouped and performed in honor of Ahmet Ertegun who was the co-founder and president of Atlantic Records. This was the most sought-after ticket in the history of rock music.

The Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert “Celebration Day” featuring Led Zeppelin is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the “HIGHEST DEMAND for TICKETS for ONE CONCERT.”

The once in a lifetime reunion show garnered over 20 million requests for tickets. Tickets for the show were like gold. Led Zeppelin super-fans traveled from all over the world to witness these Rock Gods take the stage just one more time.

The “CELEBRATION DAY” concert was recorded and is available on CD and Blu-ray/DVD. This has been called the “Greatest Rock and Roll Show EVER”

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I also recommend owning the Blu-ray of “How the West Was Won.” This was recorded during 2 AMAZING shows on June 25 and 27, 1972 in Inglewood and in Long Beach, California.

SEE IT, FEEL IT & OWN IT, by clicking here…
How The West Was Won on Blu-ray

Led Zeppelin has had lasting success and popularity. They are one of the best-selling bands of all-time.

During their twelve years they released eight albums. All albums hit No. 1 on the charts in the U.K. and six of the albums were No. 1 in the U.S.

The band was founded by Jimmy Page who was also the last lead guitarist for the Yardbirds. They were another important British blues band. Jimmy played with the Yardbirds from 1966-1968. The Yardbirds were known for their great guitarists. The band was active from 1963-1968. During this time, they had three guitarists that were listed in Rolling Stone Magazine’s  Top five of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All-Time.” These famous “Guitar Gods” were Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page.

Check out the extensive selection of Yardbirds CD’s, LP’s, and DVD’s here…

When the Yardbirds disbanded in 1968, Jimmy Page formed a new band which he named “The New Yardbirds.” This name was used because the Yardbirds were under contract to do a few more shows after their breakup.

This New Yardbirds  were formed in August of 1968  and consisted of Robert Plant on vocals, Jimmy Page on lead guitar, John Paul Jones on bass and keyboards, and John Bonham on drums. After the band completed their concert obligations they took on a new name and recorded their debut album as, Led Zeppelin.

Did you know that, Led Zeppelin got their name from the late, great drummer for The Who, Keith Moon?

While talking to some other musicians Keith Moon said, “the New Yardbirds would go down like a lead balloon.” Supposedly Keith was asked to join the New Yardbirds as their drummer but turned it down. When the band heard about the reference to a lead balloon they decided to use the name, Led Zeppelin. A “zeppelin” was the largest and most powerful balloon of all time. A zeppelin was a large German airship that was used during World War 1 to drop bombs.

The cover of the debut album by Led Zeppelin on January 12, 1969, is iconic.

The cover was a photo of the infamous “Hindenburg disaster” that happened in 1937.

The huge balloon type airship was zeppelin called “The Hindenburg” that caught fire and went down in a ball of flames.

Jimmy Page found a little laughter in their debut album cover from Keith Moon’s comment about Led Zeppelin “going down like a lead balloon”

Just like the Hindenburg, Led Zeppelin BLEW-UP (but in a good /safe way) and their debut album quickly shot to the top of the charts.

Here are a few of my personal favorite Led Zeppelin titles. These titles are a “MUST HAVE” for ALL rock collections….Check out these remastered versions on CD, LP, Deluxe Editions and Blu-ray DVDs

Led Zeppelin 1

Led Zeppelin 2

Led Zeppelin 3

Led Zeppelin IV

The Song Remains the Same

Houses of the Holy

Physical Graffiti

Check out all titles by Led Zeppelin here…

If you like ROCK MUSIC check back this month for more features on some of the BIGGEST ROCK LEGENDS of ALL-TIME.


Why is Everyone Suddenly Talking About Jon Batiste?

Jon Batiste was the BIG WINNER at the 64th Grammy Awards Show.

Personally, I feel he also WON for “BEST ACCEPTANCE SPEECH” too…if you missed it, just keep reading!

Jon Batiste has had an amazing couple of years with his film score for “SOUL,” and his solo career.

He also is the Musical Director for the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Some of you may not know Jon since the “Late Show” airs on Mondays through Friday at 11:35 p.m.

I started watching “The Late Show” because of Colbert but now I find Jon Batiste to be just as important as Stephen to the show. Every night I tune in or record the show just to see what this “musical genius” Jon will be performing that night.

The “Musical Director” gig could be enough to keep a musician busy for hours each day with the planning, rehearsing, and taping of 5 shows a week but Jon’s work does not end there. Jon is usually working on other projects while fulfilling his duties to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. When Jon accepted the position of Bandleader and Musical Director of the show he was already on his way to stardom with 5 albums under his belt. It was a tough decision for Jon to commit to such a prominent position, but he does not see his job as work or just entertainment. In the beautiful words of his Grammy Award acceptance speech,  Jon said,

“It’s more than entertainment for me, It’s a spiritual practice” (keep reading there are more gems from Jon’s amazing speech)

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