Greetings from the Green Room!
The Green Room: It’s my fortress of solitude: home studio and office. It’s where I do most of my writing and record podcasts. I spend most afternoons here at my desk reading, writing, and listening to music. Thanks to my job as a morning radio host at K-Rock, I’ve got the flexible open day-time schedule of a stay-at-home mom lining up her fave judge shows for the afternoon. Except it’s a cue of vinyl records.
What records you ask? A lot of the classics. Stones, Beatles. Some people say you have to like either one or the other, but I like them both for different reasons. I like the Stones for the same reason I like dive bars and racetracks. I like the Beatles for the same reason I like sweatpants and Netflix on a Sunday. The 90s are near and dear to my heart. Pearl Jam’s second album Vs. ranks among my favourites. I heard some kids referring to Pearl Jam as ‘classic rock’ outside of the skate shop, so I guess it’s definitely a classic. Eddie Vedder turned 50 years old the other day. Wow. I’m approaching 34 in April, and to me Pearl Jam still feels like a new-ish sort of relevant band. Relevant to me, maybe. I guess that’s time playing tricks on you.
Who’s ready for summer already? Received a great gift over the holidays of Foo Fighters tickets. Highly anticipating seeing them perform in Toronto. Dave Grohl has taken on the mantle of the ‘last remaining rock star’ and I guess to a point that’s true. There aren’t many bands that’ve continued to build their profile like the Foo Fighters. 2014 could very easily have been the year of Grohl, with his band’s new album Sonic Highways, the acclaimed HBO series of the same name, and a string of documentaries and collaborations with artists like Sir Paul McCartney the year before, while the Foo Fighters were on a break between albums.
The thing about Dave Grohl is that he continues to get more and more interesting. He’s no longer the weird looking kid on drums in Nirvana. Now he’s grown into the sage rocker with just a hint of grey in his hair and an elder of the tribe type goatee. Who doesn’t want to see him? Maybe a few haters on Reddit, but for the most part he’s beloved by all.
And finally, 2015 could very well be the year of concerts here in Kingston. Stand out announcements like The Tragically Hip and ZZ Top coming to Rogers K-Rock Centre are making for a pretty full dance card for yours truly! Trust me, it’s a great problem to have.
Before I wrap up my first blog, I just want to say thanks to owner/publisher Derek Baylis and the entire team behind the scenes for having me on the site!