2015 in the rear view

dopejanuary

ernie banks died

jon stewart was still on tv

uber is worth $40 million

some dude tried to bash down my front door

february

saw breakfast at tiffany’s for the first time

took my mom and the truest to the Oscars

chilled with Seana and her family at the Rainbow

the demons were exorcized from Jeanine

march

omg i was social

hating ourselves is what the devil wants

bukowski never whined

Isabella Rosellini’s mom writes Cary Grant

they sent theo epstein from boston to chicago

GOP leaders called traitors on cover of Daily News

aprildeath and beauty

baltimore

white out on sunset

caitlin jenner

the cure for writers block

katie bain in the presence of jack white

i made some folding money in that desert

may

went to the new kanpai (which wasnt great then, but its way better now)

the stones played the fonda

loved the new mad max times a hundred

drugsloved lana del rey at the bowl times two hundred

i let patrick pitt explain the mayweather fight and boy did he

june

my secret phone rang and i picked it up

after seeing “Gentlemen’s Agreement” for the first time

why mtv is bound to come back in a big way

made an incredible trade in fantasy

theres no i in exctement

july

omg deflategate

pablo picasso was never called an asshole

how i got your tickets

had lunch with the hollywood hippie

found out why westwood is screwed

omg the kkk

august

saw the cubs at dodger stadium with todd y lily

omg erik erickson

born to run turns 40

hot babe asks me to take her to the taco stand

burned a bridge with the nyt, nbd (let it burn)

ask tony

september

bree was all wanna? i was like sure.

one less boehner in the house

one of my passengers wrote about me

this is how they get you

hashtag love

amy winehouse woulda been 32 today

october

former cub refused taxi service at LAX in 2015

im a cat lady

letterwas this close to courtney love on my bday thanks to jeanine

was this close to weezer thanks to ali

uber strike

november

how to fix our gun problem simply and (mostly) constitutionally

im not the best uncle

how to get rich with uber/lyft in vegas

my 3 year old niece is a pilot now, nbd

omg Compton

the LAT loses a huge part of their paper

december

omg Miss Colombia

new Star Wars: meh

25 years ago i partied with these hippies

omg disney

LA shut down all their schools

i have a great idea for LAist, i blog it, they say yes in the comments. it starts next month

saw Motley Crue play their second to last show ever last night

motorhead fan at motley crue

i first saw them in high school at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom well before that lucky ticketholder was even born.

it was the first concert that i ever went to where i saw someone puke from being too drunk

last night was a different affair. i saw people of all ages. dads brought their kids and the kids were fascinated.

motley crue fire

theres something about blasts of fire so big and hot that you can feel it all through the arena.

the music was Motely Crue’s greatest hits with a couple of covers (Smoking in the Boys Room, Anarchy in the UK)

it was hoped that there might be a Motorhead cover since they are both Sunset Strip icons

but this is a show thats been around the world, their farewell show, it was polished, on point, and locked.

not really any room for improv.

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Tommy has to drum on a rollercoaster and spin around a few times

no time to play Ace of Spades.

i kid, but really two things: a motorhead mention, at least, was appropo

and Tommy’s drum solo, was incredible

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRsk27FU90k

one of the great things about Crue was they were real rock stars.

Tommy had a sex tape, Vince had a sex tape, there was drugs, arrests,

which means only one thing:

fucking better be a killer drum solo at the rock show

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like the new Star Wars, the second to last Crue show was safe, familiar, and not loud enough.

the lights were pretty, we were thankful for the dancing girls,

Mick Mars, who has looked 64, shredded on guitar, and did this Eruption thing that was purely satanic

and their grand finale was a spectacle of fire and more fire and things burning that made us think

should that really be on fire too?

and then fireworks

take a bow motley crue

of all the bands that i rocked out to in high school,

never did i think that it would be Motley Crue who would sell out

two nights at Staples, 34 years into their career, to say adios.

but they represented the spirit of the hair metal era righteously

and are ending it on fire.

they’re not going away sad

they’re just going away

 

top 15 concerts i went to in 2015

stevie wonder

Stevie Wonder plus special guests Jay-Z, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennet, Ed Shereen, Jennifer Hudson, India Arie, Craig Robinson, Mary Wells, Jill Scott, Gary Clark Jr., Gladys Knight, Pharrell, Babyface, Maya Rudolph, Janelle Monae, A Band Called Perry, Tyler Perry, Jamie Foxx and Andrea Bocelli at the Nokia Theatre on 2/10

Louie CK at the Forum on 1/12

The Replacements at the Palladium on 4/15

Coachella starring AC/DC, Motorhead and Jack White from 4/19-4/21

Courtney Love and Lana Del Rey at the Hollywood Bowl on 5/17

Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, MC Ren, DJ Yella at Staples Center on 6/28

The Psychedelic Furs with The B52s and orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl on 9/12

rick bob and me at wrigley

AC/DC at the Friendly Confines with my buddies Bob and Rick at Wrigley Field on 9/15

Kanye West doing the entirety of 808 and Heartbreaks at The Hollywood Bowl on 9/26

Van Halen (Eddie, Alex, and Wolfgang Van Halen + DLR) at the Hollywood Bowl on 10/2

Cat Power, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Beck and Jakob Dylan at the Orpheum on 10/12

brian bell

Weezer doing a few songs for the Guitar Hero Live launch at the YouTube space on 10/19

Motley Crue second-to-last show ever at Staples Center last night 12/30

not bad, some of my faves that i will probs never see again (AC/DC, the Mats, Coachella, The Crue)

next year i have my eye on: The Cure, Lana Del Rey, Rihanna, David Gilmour and hopefully Randy Newman