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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

First Film from 2009: Adventureland

We have a winner in my annual contest of "The First Film Mikey Filmmaker Sees in the Theater". It'sAdventureland.

It has taken me only until late April, but I've finally seen my first film released in 2009. Most of you are probably trying to figure out why it has taken me so long. I'm not really sure. Almost saw Watchmen, but didn't. Still would like to catch I Love You, Man. Other than that, nothing has really caught my attention yet for me to say, "I need to see this in the theater."  I'm popping my cherry on 2009 in film and I want it to be a good film.  I hope you understand.

I'm not going to write a full review for this film, but I thoroughly enjoyed Adventureland. This was the sophomore effort from Greg Mottola (Superbad) and he came through. Some people I've talked to said they didn't really like this film, but not me. Honestly not sure why you wouldn't like it. Yes, it's not Superbad, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Other Quick Thoughts:

- I have to say that the soundtrack of this film was "totally awesome". They really used the 80s music well. Even prominentaly featured was Falco's Rock Me Amadeus, which is a fun and catchy tune. Also, had The Cure, Bowie, and even INXS. I'm more of a 60s music guy, but I still love the nostaglia of the 70s and 80s.

- Jesse Eisenberg did a respectable job of carrying this film.  This could be his big break as he hasn't really done that many films.  His character at times reminded me of myself and I think that is part of the reason I liked this film so much.

- Kristen Stewart made me forget she was in Twilight. I was not a fan of that film, but maybe I should give it another shot. Her stock is quickly rising in Hollywood.

- Bill Hader is just a great supporting actor. I don't think he can legitimately carry a film, but he is a great scene stealer. It may not be as glamourous, but that's not a bad thing either.

I actually got a free popcorn coupon that is only good on Wednesday at AMC theaters, so maybe I'll check out I Love You, Man next week. Need to start to seriously catch up. The summer is coming and the movies are finally starting to get good.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Vote for Snuggle!

If you have like 2 minutes free (or even less), then I ask that you quickly go to the below link and vote for my film, Snuggle. I made it way back in 2005 (I was 20) when I was a junior in film school. It's not my best work, but it's always been a favorite of mine.

The project is called a 3-2-1. Three pages of script. Two characters. One location. It was shot on 24p and was made for less than a 100 dollars (probably 50-75). And most of the budget was spent on food for the cast and crew.

Chapman is running a competition right now, so please vote. They are giving away prizes and I want to win one!  You don't need to even register. Just don't stuff the ballot since I have no idea if they are checking IP addresses and I don't want to look like I cheated to win.  One vote would be greatly appreciated.  Voting ends Thursday. Thanks!

Monday, April 27, 2009

WMA and Endeavor Will Merge

It has been talked about for months and now is official. William Morris and Endeavor will merge. I can only imagine how crazy this will be. This is huge for Hollywood. Both good and bad. In Hollywood, there were the big five agencies, but everyone knew that there were really only the big three (WMA, Endeavor, and CAA) really were powerful. Now, with two of those three merging, who the hell knows what is going to happen.

Roughly 100 agents will not be part of this merger. Some will go to UTA, ICM, etc. Others may go into management. Regardless, get ready for William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Wow...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Rocket Takes Off at Spaceland

Credit: Ben Clark via Rocket's MySpace, (From L to R: C.C., Peaches, Lauren C., Kristin, Lauren)

In the 60s, there were The Ronettes. In the 70s, there were The Runaways. In the 80s, there were The Bangles and Go-Go's. In the 90s, there were the Spice Girls. Now, there is Rocket. Haven't heard of Rocket? Don't feel too too bad, they only may be the biggest band in Los Angeles today. Okay, that was only a slight exaggeration.

On Friday, I saw the all girl quintet for the third time. That is now the same amount of times I have seen former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney (2002, 2005, and 2007). Not too sure how I feel about that, but I think if anything it should be a testament to Rocket.

Let me tell you the quick story of how I accidentally discovered this band. My friend, Nolan, and I went to go see our friend's band, Peachcake perform a show that also included MC Lars. When we walked into the Knitting Factory, we saw these five girls rocking it out. They were called Rocket.

At first, we kind of liked the band for the simple reason that were all girls. I mean what guy wouldn't get excited when they see five girls rocking out on guitars, drums, and even a keytar. Yes, I said keytar.

After this keytar experience, we decided that we had to catch the band again, so about six months later we saw them again. We were even more excited considering that another all girl band was also playing on the bill. It was on this night that I realized that Rocket is actually a really good band. How do I know this? The other band was mediocre at best. They lacked the pure talent and charisma of their other all female contemporary.

That now brings us to another six months later, which was this past Friday. For this show, we even managed to bring another friend with us, Dave. It was no surprise that Lauren Rocket, Lauren C. Rocket, Kristin Rocket, Peaches Rocket, and C.C. Rocket stole the show yet again.

I was a little hesitant at first. Peaches and C.C. were new additions to the band. They replaced guitarist and drummer respectively. Though after the first song, I completely forgot about the dearly departed Kelly Rocket and Roxie Rocket.

One thing I didn't forget was Lauren Rocket's unbelievable leopard one piece. It said rock star all over it. The flamboyant front woman really knows how to lead a show. The great thing is that her bandmates feed off her energy and make the show very electric. You can tell right away that they know how to put on a show. The band has been around for some time now. They toured with Butch Walker in the past and even competed in The Next Great American Band (eliminated on the second episode).

If I was forced to compare them to anyone, I would say The Runaways. They have the look and sound of arguably the best all girls band. It's no surprise that Rocket lists them as one of their influences. Other influences include everything from T. Rex (bonus points) to Motley Crue to Blondie to The Beatles (major bonus points). It's a wide range that clearly indicates that the band's music crosses over many genres.

I particularly love the chemistry between the two Lauren's, which reminds me of Lennon/McCartney (I'm seriously going to regret writing that last sentence). While not comparing them directly to the greatest tandem in rock and roll history, I admire that the two friends know each other so well that you can see them having fun on the stage. One particular exchange last night happened when Lauren told the audience that she thought about taking off her Leopard outfit. Only to have Lauren C. tell her she should keep it on to the crowd's disappointment.

Add to the Lauren's the quiet, but consistent playing of bassist Kristin and guitarist Peaches mixed in with C.C.'s loud and hard drumming, you have a band that when firing on all cylinders is really good. And not only are they really good, but they are definitely loud. My chest was thumping the entire show and my hearing has been temporarily damaged. Am I complaining? No.

Rocket is now getting ready to released a new record this year. They played some of their new songs last night including Autopilot, Gangsta, and Never Grow Old. I have to admit though that I still have a soft spot for Future X Boyfriend, I Wanna Love You, and Mean to You. I shamefully even know some of the lyrics (I'm also going to probably regret writing that sentence as well). The new songs though really make me want to buy their upcoming album. I'm just holding out hope that they release it on vinyl. I'm currently in my vinyl phase and I just like putting on a record.

So, what's next for this Rocket fan? I don't know. I'm sure I'll see them in concert again down the line. If I had to give a wild guess, I would say probably six months from now. Maybe, try to get them to give me an interview. Or maybe even produce a music video for them. I mean they do call me Mikey Filmmaker for a reason.

Friday, April 24, 2009

It's The LEGO Beatles!

I saw this earlier on Beatlepool. Thought I would post it here as well. Thought it was pretty fun and well done.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Why I Should Win a LAMMY: Part II

Create Your Own

Okay, I'm done with this feature for now...

Mikey Filmmaker was Cast in Star Trek!

Create Your Own

I found this link via In Contention. That may be the funniest thing ever. Or at least right now. I'm going to have way too much fun with this and I don't even like Star Trek that much.

Oh, and before people start to ask. Yes, that is my voice.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Oscar Hangover and Other Thoughts

I'm not going to lie, I've had a bit of an Oscar hangover the last two months. The weeks and months after the Oscars are always tough. It's way too early to talking about serious contenders with any relevant analysis. That is partly the reason that my posting always radically decreases after the Oscars end.

This has made me think of some other exciting things to do with this blog. 31 Days of Moustache was one of those ideas. I hope some people enjoyed that and I thought it was a success. It was a little tiring at times, but I made it. I would like to do that running feature again, but I will probably be taking off next year since the Oscars are actually going into March. I do hope to take another look at great moustaches in 2011 (that's so far away).

Many people may want to know why I don't write film reviews. Well, it's real simple. Everyone and their brother does film reviews. I'm not saying people should stop, but I find it to be a little repetitive. I do read a couple film blogs that do reviews, it's just not something I want to participate in on a regular basis.

That leaves me to give you a preview of some other features I've been thinking about.

Top Ten Tuesdays
Like reviews, lists are repetitive. I just think you can do more with them and have more flexibility. I also feel like a weekly feature could benefit my readership. The goal of these lists will be to give people an greater insight on my opinions in (primarily) movies, music, and even some sports (just for fun). This will be somewhat similar to my Movie Collection Series. I liked this series, but I've actually sold almost 50 dvds in the last year. I still have a decent amount, but my collection has limited my choices.

I'm not entirely sure when this will be started, but it should be starting sooner rather than later.

L.O.C. stands for "Legit Oscar Contender". This will be an ongoing series that I will probably start in the summer (thinking late June/early July). I will look at prospective Oscar films for the upcoming year. I'll look at what nominations each film can expect and how strong of a contender it really is. The sole purpose of this series is to keep the Oscar tone of this blog even in the awards offseason.

Films That Defined a Decade
This decade is almost over. Sometimes I can't believe it. I want to revisit some of my favorite films of the past decade that impacted me in some way. I will probably be starting this also soon. I think I'm also going to do a random order by drawing films in a hat. I know there could be possibly be a couple 2009 films that make this feature, but I plan to run it into 2010. I will probably only be doing one or two films a week.

Moments of a Decade
The 2000s are the first decade that I fully appreciated. I was born in 1985 and I didn't keep good records of what I did when I was seven or nine years old. The first half of the 90s is somewhat forgettable for me. This decade is much different. I was 14 when it began and will be 24 when it ends. This will be a series that will look at moments that I was involved in and moments that I simply witnessed. If you really want to know a lot about Mikey Filmmaker, then this feature will be for you.

I'm actually really excited about this and it will be done in chronological order. I have exact dates for everything. It will also be looking at the good, the bad, and the ugly. Probably do one or two moments a week. I'm thinking that the start date will be June 1, 2009. A day after my 24th birthday (hint, hint).

30 Days of Beatles
Similar to 31 Days of Moustache, this will be a massive look at The Beatles. I'm actually probably going to make this a blog-a-thon. This will be happening in April 2010 (40th anniversary of their break-up), but I'm so excited about it that I'm writing about it now.

Oscar Buzzmeter (still working on a better name)
I still don't know how I'm going to do this, but I want to do badly for this upcoming Oscar season. I will seek assistance from other Oscar enthusiasts. We will try to provide a resource for people and hopefully our combined knowledge will lead many people to victories in their Oscar pools. This will probably not start until the fall since at this point in the year, it's a crap shoot.

Monday, April 20, 2009

It's Better than Monopoly

I have always found this interview to be funny. Today I feel is a good day to finally post it here.

I Think We're Parked

Contrary to popular belief, I'm not stoned right now. Then again, it's only 8:50 p.m.

Happy 420 everyone!

Why I Should Win a LAMMY: Part I

I know I don't get very much traffic, so I probably won't get enough votes to even be nominated, but I'm going to take this opportunity to quickly write why I should at least be considered. I'm going for two categories this year: "Best Theme" and "Best Blog Name". I simply put "Best Blog" just for the hell of it.

Best Theme:
I write about different things here and there, but I will always consider this an Oscar (or awards) blog first and foremost. Click HERE to read all the Oscar posts I've done.

I covered the Oscars better than any LAMB this year. That may sound pretentious, but I honestly believe it's true. I lived down the street from the Kodak Theater. That allowed me to take exclusive pictures of the Oscar scene. Click HERE for a stroll down memory lane. This was especially cool for a kid that grew up in a Massachusetts suburb. Would have never guessed I would watch the Oscars come together firsthand.

My Oscar prediction accuracy this year was also top notch. Click HERE to read some of the analysis. Quite possibly the best I will ever do in my life. I know I'm only 23, but this is my prime. I went an unbelievable (sometimes I still can't believe it) 22 out of 24. This prediction success won me numerous Oscar contests including a win in LAMB. Add this success to my great year in 2006 (21 out of 24) and two out of the last four years have garnered over 20 correct picks.

Oh, and how can I forget about my Oscar live blog, which I honestly think is my favorite and best post I ever did. Click HERE if you want to relive the magic. My live blog lasted roughly 10 hours long. That takes stamina and pure talent.

If I'm going to put this into movie terms, I'll put it real simple. My coverage of the 81 Annual Academy Awards is like my movie role that people will remember when I die. It will be included in the "In Memoriam" Oscar tribute. Are you really going to pass up an opportunity to not at least nominate me? I would prefer to win now than take home a makeup award in the future.

This is the Lammy I'm really going for all the way.

Best Blog Name:
The name of this blog is Spaghetti Sauce and Sweet Peas. Come on, give me a better name on LAMB that doesn't really mean anything, but can mean a lot if you really expand your mind.

I can't think of any, but if you know of any please let me know.

All I'm asking is to spread the love and give me a chance. I'm probably not going to win an Oscar, so at least give me a Lammy. I want to be able to tell my children about this.

Still not convinced, then click HERE to go to the front page of the blog.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

McCartney Rocks Coachella

I didn't go to Coachella last night. Why am I going to write a few things about it? Well, because I feel like it.

I actually almost went. I came close to buying tickets a few times, but decided against it. I didn't really know anyone going and I wasn't going to drive to the desert by myself. I've seen numerous concerts by myself, but they were in arenas and smaller venues. Coachella is not something you go to by yourself especially when you have to drive 3 hours or more to get there from Los Angeles. Maybe one day, I'll meet someone who likes going to these concerts and experience this festival firsthand.

Part of me wishes I went last night. Finances are just so tight right now that I didn't think it would be very responsible of me to spend 125 dollars on a one day pass (probably more with parking, food, etc.). I've actually seen McCartney three times before anyway, so it's not like I just lost my chance to see a former Beatle. I saw him in 2002, 2005, and 2007 (iconic Amoeba show). To be completely honest, if I never see him again, I'm okay with it. Why? That Amoeba concert is so legendary in my mind that I don't think it could ever be topped.

I did manage to catch 45 minutes of the concert last night before AT&T lost the feed online. I was amazed to hear that Paul played almost 3 hours there. That's standard for him, but I figured at a festival like this, the set would be shorter. Coachella got a lot of heat for booking the former Beatle. A lot of people thought he didn't fit the image. I never really understood this. I think too many people truly underestimate the power of The Beatles and their influence on people. Their influence is as strong as ever and they have been broken up for 39 years. Lennon died 28 years ago and Harrison has been gone 7, yet they are in our lives daily.

The great thing about this performance was that most of the people there probably never saw Paul before. Coachella draws a younger crowd and a lot of people come for the indie bands. That's why I find some of the reactions funny today. People are like blown away. This performance was really no different than anything he has done before. As I've already written, I've seen him three times already and they are my three favorite concerts ever.

McCartney's shows are the ultimate nostalgia trip for everyone. Whether you're a diehard Beatle fan like myself or a casual one, you know The Beatles. You've listened to their music and you probably even like a couple tracks even if you don't properly know the song titles. I've read reactions today from people just butchering song titles of The Beatles from "Lady Godiva" (it's "Lady Madonna") to "Baby You Can Drive My Car" (shorten that to "Drive My Car").

I'm glad that people gave Paul a chance at this concert and realized how great he really is. He's one of the few artists alive that are just special and everyone should see him once. If not, you'll regret it.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dating Rule #1: Never Date Within The Divison

In preparation for the Stanley Cup playoffs, I found this to be funny.

I'm going to say Bruins in 5. We'll see...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Marilyn Chambers 1956-2009

I don't do these RIP posts very much anymore, but I can't believe porn actress and Ivory soap model, Marilyn Chambers was found dead today. She was 56. No cause of death was released as of this writing.

Chambers is most famous for her film, Behind the Green Door. Along with Deep Throat, it really ushered in the golden age of pornography in the 70s. I have never seen either one. I'll admit, I tried to find them both, but have failed. I actually got to familiarize myself with Chambers after watching VH1's mini series, Sex: The Revolution.
The funniest part of Chambers rise in popularity was that she also was the model for Ivory Soap in the 70s. She did the photo shoot before she ever did any pornographic films. Something like that could only happen in the 70s. Unfortunately for her, Ivory dropped her after finding out about her porn career. I guess she was no longer "99 and 44/100% pure" (Ivory's slogan).

I want to end this post with a quick fact about Chambers that will probably blow everyone away. Especially, my readers who followed 31 Days of Moustache. Chambers actually worked with 'stache and porn legend, John Holmes. It is rumored that she was one of the only girls in the business that could fully deep throat Holmes' erect "special thing".

So, for that, we salute you, Marilyn. And, we will miss you.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Redefine The Dream

I actually wanted to write this a couple days ago. I stalled since I wanted to write it today on April 9th. Exactly one year after I wrote my personal and emotional post, Define The Dream. Oh, how things have changed in 365 days.

On April Fool's Day I posted that I was going back to school. That is no joke folks, I'm going back. And, more shocking is the fact that I'm not studying film, but school counseling. Yes, I'm going to be a guidance counselor.

"What are you talking about?," asked The Confused Boy.

"Well, let me explain," replied Mikey Filmmaker.

Let me first start off by writing that I'm not exactly leaving the film industry. I'm simply changing things up a bit. I'm going to start a more stable and more importantly, fulfilling career.

Oddly enough, I'm producing a web series that could air by late 2009/early 2010. I'm also still developing some ideas of mine when I have a creative urge. Some of these ideas, I've had for over ten years, so who knows if anything will come to fruition. Point being, I'm still going to call myself an independent filmmaker.

For reasons of not wanting to start any problems and get myself blacklisted, I'm not going to write here my exact reasons for leaving the film industry. I'm also not going to vent about my former bosses, who basically made me hate an industry that I wanted to love.

I don't blame them solely for this decision. I'm a big boy and I'm not going to place blame on others. They simply reaffirmed some of my assumptions of why I hate this industry. The film industry wasn't the industry I thought it was when I was a kid in Massachusetts or a even in college as a young adult in California. I also simply didn't want to go down their path of life. It wasn't appealing to me. I didn't want to be 64 years old and rich if I wasn't happy and proud of what I accomplished.

I don't have any regrets, though. I made it a goal of mine when I moved out to California in August 2004 that I would work at a top level film company and experience the A-List of Hollywood's film industry. I did that for seven months, which is better than a lot of people. I'm proud of that and I will be proud of that in 20 years. I do actually have some good memories from working there. Some stories that I'm sure my children and grandchildren will enjoy hearing years from now.

I have had this idea to go back to school since the summer. I wasn't really serious about it until probably October. When I quit IE in November, I knew deep down I was quitting the business for good. I lost the will to be an assistant any longer. It wasn't the way I wanted to spend the next couple years of my life for the pure chance of getting promoted.

The idea of a counselor came from a couple influences. I looked at all my strong attributes that I acquired during film school. Then, I took what I really liked about working at a management company. I really liked the concept of a manager. Well, a guidance counselor is almost like a manager. You're managing the careers of students. You are their support system for both the good and bad.

I feel like this career fits me. It feels natural. Believe it or not, I consider myself a leader and role model. I am determined to leave a legacy. I feel like this is most powerful way to leave that legacy. One that everyone can take chances and do the impossible. That is something I plan to stress for roughly 30 years to hundreds and hundreds of kids.

I think the reason I've done so much in my life is because of the chances I took. If not, I probably would have never been Class President for two years. Never would have had my public access show, Public Invasion. Never would have been appointed the youngest public official in the history of Peabody when I served on the Cable Commission. And, I never would have came out to California from Massachusetts at the age of 19 to go to Chapman University and study film at one of the best film schools in the country.

So, that's where I'm headed the next three years. Going back to school to become a Master of counseling. I have absolutely no idea what to expect. I am excited though and am ready to open a new chapter in my memoir, which I'm thinking of re-titling, Redefining The Dream: Why I Left Hollywood and Decided to Guide the Youth of America to Greatness. Catchy title? I think so.

I think the funniest thing in this whole process is that my film career helped me get into the school more than anything else. Who knew? The whole basis of my admissions essay was explaining how my film career as a producer, assistant director, and assistant makes me a strong candidate to become a guidance counselor. I think it worked. In the beginning of the interview, Judy (the woman who interviewed me) and I had a quick exchange that I will never forget.

"Michael, you've lived quite an extraordinary life," she said.

"Well, I like to think so," I replied. "But I'm not finished yet."

Here's to The Dream...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Taking Woodstock Poster

I just saw this on Awards Daily (originally posted by Rolling Stone). This is one of the coolest posters I've seen in a while. I'm buying it.

The Beatles Remasters to be Released!

In case you hadn't heard, The Beatles will be finally releasing remasters of their releases on CD on 09/09/09. This is the same day that Rock Band: The Beatles will be released.

It's safe to say that many Beatle fans will probably be in debt on this day. I do want these remasters, though I will probably just wait until Christmas. As for Rock Band, I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do.

It's also interesting to read in the last few days that over 100 million Beatle tracks are downloaded illegally each year. I guess that asks the question, how many people will really buy these? It should still be a good amount. The CDs are actually going to include a lot of original liner notes and album packaging. That makes me excited.

Believe it or not, The Beatles are actually the only band that I have never downloaded any of their music. I legally bought every album. I owe it to them.

Click HERE for more details on the remasters.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Rourke at WrestleMania Video

Considering this is a ppv, I can almost guarantee this is going to be taken off very soon for violation.

For anyone who may want to watch it, here it is for now...

Rourke Makes Appearance at WrestleMania XXV

Mickey Rourke didn't win an Oscar, but that didn't stop the actor from making his much anticipated appearance at WrestleMania X XV last night. As most of you know, I'm a wrestling fan. I don't follow it as much as I did growing up, but I still regularly check out many of the websites and whatnot.

Originally, Rourke was going to wrestle Chris Jericho, but backed out after realizing it may not bet the best career decision. I actually was disappointed, but also didn't blame him. This is a guy that just got back in the business and he could potentially screw it up after one film. From the advice of his management team, he decided to separate himself from wrestling during the Oscar season (even though he still lost the Oscar to Sean Penn).

I do give him props for still making an appearance at the biggest PPV of the year. Rourke even went into the ring and punched out Jericho. I personally would have preferred a ram jam on Jericho, but I guess that was asking for too much. There's actually a good chance that Rourke would have probably killed himself climbing up to the top rope.

I know this isn't a wrestling blog, but let me just say that last night's PPV was a hit and miss show for me. Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker put on one of the greatest wrestling matches of all time last night. One that exceeded literally everyone's expectations. If I was in attendance I probably would be calling it the best ever. I have to watch it again and see where it really stands. All I know is that a match like that can make anyone a wrestling fan as it was 30 minutes of pure excitement.

Otherwise, the show was mediocre for me. The two title matches (especially the main event) failed to live up to expectations. Then again, both matches had to follow the instant classic of HBK-Taker.

WrestleMania XXVI is actually going to be in Glendale, AZ next year. I'm seriously thinking of making the trip. It would be my third WM (14 and 21). Though, part of me is not looking forward to going to the University of Phoenix stadium and being in the same building that the Pats lost Super Bowl XLII. It's like seeing an ex-girlfriend again. A lot of bad memories. Haha.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"Hot dog! Let me at 'em!"

I officially got accepted to grad school today. Now, I know you're thinking this is probably an April Fool's joke. Maybe. Maybe not.

I am going to post a more detailed explanation hopefully in the next couple days. For now, I'm just going to leave you with a couple videos.

Oh, and I'm going to study school counseling. Nothing to do with film. Confused? I'm sure you are. Again, I'll explain very soon.

Enjoy the videos!

Dhani Harrison and thenewno2

I just figured I would post this picture. Last night I went to go see thenewno2 (pronounced The New Number Two). This is Dhani Harrison's band. Dhani of course is former Beatle George Harrison's son.

The band performed at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles, which was also the location of the iconic Paul McCartney show that I attended almost two years ago (June 27, 2007).

The band has an edgy sound and really sound nothing like The Beatles. That's a good thing though. All the offspring of The Beatles have a tough task in the music industry. Their dads were so good that they will probably always be in their shadow. It's literally impossible to be as good as their dads. Whether it be Julian, Sean, Zak, or Dhani, they just need to make their own music and not worry about being a "Beatles kid."

Thenewno2 was also nice enough to stick around for a signing after the 45 minute concert. I figured I didn't know when I would have this chance again to meet someone with Beatle genes, so I bought the cd and waited in line for it to get signed.

Now, as you can see from the above picture, it got smudged. It's not the end of the world, but somehow Dhani smudged his autograph when he passed it to the next member of the band. I did get to shake his hand and thanked him for the great show, but I was a little disappointed with the smudge. I didn't show it, but I yelled inside my head, "Fuck!" when I saw it. What was I going to do? Tell him to re-sign the cd. I didn't want to come across like an ass.

I don't have any intention to sell the cd for profit and will simply just put it in a protective case. It will be a keepsake. Still, the value of the autograph has depreciated. I guess though you can also look at it in a positive way. It is personalized. You still can make out that it is Dhani Harrison. The smudge actually proves that the autograph is legit. It also adds something to the story down the road. Finally and most importantly, a smudged autograph is better than no autograph at all.

Actually now with seeing Dhani live, I have seen ties to all four members of The Beatles in concert. Paul McCartney three times (2002, 2005, 2007). Ringo Starr three times (2003, 2006, 2008). Sean Lennon, son of John in 2007. Dhani Harrison, son of George in 2009. Considering John died in 1980 and George died in 2001, but barely toured at all ('74 US Tour and '91 Japan Tour), this is the closest I could ever get.

Thenewno2's You Are Here was officially released in stores yesterday (March 31, 2009). It's not a bad record. Like I said, it's not The Beatles, but it holds it own. I need to listen to it a couple more times before I can really give it a rating. Definitely worth checking out.