last night we saw Randy Newman at the Bowl

it was a perfect night, weatherwise and otherwise

it was only about 2/3rds full which made things soooo much better

no huge lines for anything, plenty of room to get around and lots of space in the rows, where we were, in the middle.

on top of that, we lucked out and got a row that had no one in front of our two seats, so

leg room for dayssssssss (pictured)

randy has recorded like five million records in his long and storied career

this show was supposed to be him, the Hollywood Bowl orchestra, and an all star band

playing at least one song from each of his albums

it was so great.

he played pretty much all my favorite tunes and the orchestra added a lot because his music has always been so cinematic

even before he started writing music for Pixar and Disney films.

most of the Bowl events let you bring your own food so i packed lots of salad fixins for her

and i grabbed some grocery store sushi for myself, and chips and a Mexicoke (pictured)

it was a really beautiful night out there in Hollywood

but because i am a sensitive poet i think my nose was affected by all the fires burning around us

and today im a little sniffley and headachey

after the show we walked down like 2 miles which was hard on Amber because she had heels on (pictured)

but the good thing is we got to walk around Hollywood and take pics of all the best thing

like Ice Cube’s star

a totally random wall

and my favorite building in Hollywood that no one has ever gone into because it’s haunted, barren, unlivable

and full of dead bodies probably

afterwards we watched John Oliver and passed out

The End

saw U2 play last night at the forum

it wasn’t good.

amber, who is sweet about everything, even looked at me about 90 minutes in and was like wtf

they played a few hits, but the rest of the show was new songs, and old songs that no one liked even back then.

and i like MLK, i mean who doesnt, but must we hear Pride in the Name of Love every time U2 throws a party?

the stage was cool and they moved around the stadium a ton, so those of us in the back corner were very happy

but still.

and to top it off, Ticketmaster gave us an email before the show saying Doors Open at 6:30pm, and U2 starts at 8pm sharp.

we got there at 8:11pm terrified that we had missed some, but we hadn’t.

so we went to get some food and drink, i was surprised at how some of the bars had no lines.

i was like, yo can i get a diet coke for the lady and 8 shots of rum for me?

dude was all, yes, but we are closed until the band starts.

i was like hmmm, weird, but whatevs, whats a few minutes.

fuckers didnt go on till 9pm.

and then gave us weak sauce.

U2 has delivered the magic every time I ever saw them play.

zero magic last night. super disappointing.

this is what happens when youre rich and idealistic and you think you can get away with not playing Streets Have No Name or With or Without You.

you cant.

even Dylan plays Blowin in the Wind every show.

even Dylan.


deal of the day: Billy Joel at Dodger Stadium

the piano man doesn’t play a lot in LA and even less in California.

the last time he treated us to Big Shot, Anthony’s Song, Pressure, and You May Be Right was in 2014 when he played a trio of shows at the Bowl.

but this year he’s gonna try to fill Dodger Stadium, and it looks like it just. might. happen.

because supply is outpacing demand, tickets on the secondary markets are at or below cost.

billy has been around the block, and he clearly knows the value of his concert tickets.

as you see from the image above, Top Deck tickets are going for $77 + stubhub fees of $20 which is slightly higher than face value which is $50 + $25 ticketmaster fees

but to me the more interesting option is Front Section where you can get single tickets for under $300 after fees.

to put that in perspective, there were zero tickets on the floor of Dodger Stadium under $300 for Beyonce last year.


When the Police toured the world for their reunion in 2007 they packed Dodger Stadium now their frontman can’t sell out two nights at the Hollywood Palladium.

Is the $100 ticket price too high?

I don’t think so. He’s still Sting. Even if the record is a stinker, he’s still a huge star who could dip into a deep songbook of hits both as a solo artist and the singer of one of the biggest rock bands of the last 30 years. Of course he should be able to charge $125 (after Live Master gets theirs) and of course he should be able to sell out two nights at the famous hall.

But it’s not happening and keep your eyes peeled towards Goldstar because this is a bit embarrassing.

To save even more money: Get your tickets at the Hollywood Palladium box office on Saturdays from 10am-2pm without service charges for any event at the Hollywood Palladium or Wiltern .

even when we were poor we still had money to see concerts

chris joe and me at the dead in vegas

this is chris, joe and i at the Imperial Palace in Vegas, May 1992 about to see the Grateful Dead with Steve Miller opening.

the imperial palace doesnt exist any more. the dead doesnt exist any more but i still have that cubs shirt.

that concert was the first time i ever really started to understand the Dead. i had seen them once before at the Forum but passed out due to an over achieving pot cookie given to me by a beautiful stranger who only asked for a hug in return. i didnt catch her name but she had long blonde hair with flowers in it and a day glow bikini top.

because i didnt wanna pass out at the Vegas show, i only drank beers.

you cant tell from this pre party picture but later that day thunderstorms rolled in right about the time the band started playing Drums/Space

in one of the most spiritually trippy experiences ive ever had at a rock show, the thunder started jamming with the drummers and the drummers jammed right back.

in that dusty weird twilight out in the desert, i was all, oooooooooooooooooh

so this is the grateful dead!

and then two girls with see through tops kissed my cheeks.

for Chris’s birthday we saw Guns n Roses

chris and mickey

any time a band books two or more nights at a venue the odds are very good that the 2nd or 3rd night will have lots of empty seats. got lucky and they were practically giving really good seats away at the dodger stadium show for the former glam rockers.

chris drove over. we had some postmates guy deliver us Bossa Nova and we took an over to the stadium. crazy ride. driver told us he was a car salesman and uber has hurt his business so badly that hes thinking about driving full time. i told him if he does it he has to contact me because i want to set him up with a reporter, probably Steve Lopez, to write the story.

got to the show just in time. it was good. Slash is obvs still pissed at Axl but will take the tens of millions of dollars they will each make on this tour.

it was good because this is the way it should be. you shouldn’t come home and find your Uncle is your Step Dad or you have to share a room with a teenage runaway. Slash should be playing with Axl and Duff should be there. not only does it fit, but it sounds right.

and then that makes way for Steven Adler to sit in for a couple of songs. all smiley and shit.

echo park

it’s weird to think that Guns doesn’t have three hours of original material to play. so they served up plenty of covers: Live and Let Die & Knockin on Heavens Door are normal, but they also did Raw Power, Wish You Were Here and the guitar solo from Beautiful Tonight. random dad rock.

Afterwards we walked down to Sunset and Echo Park was alive and beautiful. we are so lucky to live in this city. we were amped. a bit buzzed from the beers and the energy of the show. lots of Slash.


Chris really needed to pee but every bar had a line coming out of it. when we stopped by Little Joy i asked the doorman if Hayley was around. he said no and 2 seconds later there she was with her man.

we rejoiced and hugged and exchanged greetings.

then walked all the way to mohawk bend and got an uber home.

fun night.

Guns could have used more explosions.

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.


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

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


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

the ever wise ashley rose once told me that im never satisfied

case closed

at the time she was 19 and i was in my 30s and some of my female friends would judgingly ask me

what could you two possibly talk about?

little did they know that we actually talked a lot about everything all the time

possibly because she was eerily insightful, particularly about the things she obsessed about

and for that little stretch of time it was me.

i thought of her last night as i was at the so-called N.W.A reunion

so-called because Dr. Dre chose not to attend

which made it an Ice Cube MC Ren DJ Yella reunion, which is nice but come on.

with Eazy resting in peace you really need Dre there even more and without him there,

well let’s just say that even with incredible seats, i was a pouty little disappointed man.

not even three huge beers helped.


it’s not wrong to want things. or expect what is being advertised.

but of the surviving members of Niggaz Wit Attitudes,

Dr. Dre is just as important as Ice Cube

and the fact that he took what he learned as their DJ and producer

and parlayed that into a legendary solo record and incredible post- NWA producing efforts

makes his fans want him to show up with the ganstas who got him there

that much more.

bus drinking water

his buddy snoop dogg was the opener for Ice Cube and MC Ren and Yella

yes snoop dogg, who probably would NOT be on the stage if it wasnt for Dre

snoop dogg, dre’s sidekick immediately after leaving the worlds most dangerous group

Dre’s “The Chronic” is just as much Snoop’s coming out party as it is Dre’s.

the only person missing was Eminem, and guess what, he doesn’t like to leave the house neither.

so yes i was disappointed

just hours after being hugely satisfied and thrilled about marriage equality becoming law.

it was nice to feel that feeling of satisfaction because it’s nice to know that im capable of it.

but man was it sad to be let down by and decent rap show at the basketball stadium.

Ice Cube


the girls were pretty

and the cookie tasted good.

how did i not know that motley crue’s last show

princewill be on new years eve
at staples center, in downtown LA.

this is facebook’s fatal flaw, and the thing that will make them totally fail

and why i divested my stocks from them:

they dont care what you like. they care if what you like paid for an ad.

facebook knows more about me than anything ever created. it knows i like to see things at staples, it knows i love the crue, it knows i buy lots of concert tickets,

so then why didnt it, with its multi gazillion dollar algorithm alert me that crue tickets were going on sale

and once they sold out, why didnt they tell me that there were lots of tickets on stubhub?

because facebook doesnt care about being a useful tool in my life

it cares about being a commercial entity constantly looking for ways of monetizing the things i like and because the concert sold out so quickly it assumed there were no more avenues in which to sell to me, but alas it was so wrong.

and at its heart it has failed itself and me as a customer.

just tell me things, facebook, the money will come.

i know it’s hard to put that into a powerpoint deck but sorry, it’s true.

when you play games by throttling information you miss out on opportunities.

just show me the things that i want to see and i will be more loyal to your site and omg i probably will stay there longer, and the longer i stay the more chances you have to making me buy something and hopefully it will be something that i actually want.

and yes, i would like to see motley crue’s last show ever. in LA, at Staples

on new years eve.


me and jeanine saw Stevie Wonder last night in DTLA


it was produced by the Grammys who are gonna air it Monday and pretty much everyone was there



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


Beyonce kicked it off with a big crowdpleasing song that was amazing


id never seen her live before and she was amazing


it got me thinking that maybe Kanye is right and she deserves unlimited Grammys


it was a tough ticket to get and im stoked i got to go with jeanine cuz she loved it

and knew a lot of his songs and the songs meant a lot to her.


oh yeah Maya Rudolph was also there, and Janelle Monae, and A Band Called Perry, and Tyler Perry

and Jamie Foxx and Andrea Bocelli who i never knew was blind


Ed Shereen was the whitest guy there and the biggest surprise, he was fantastic

Tony Bennet followed Beyonce, which was an impossible trick, but he was soooo damn good.

At the end they let Stevie sing and it was wonderful.

Even his daughter sang and she was great too.

Perfect night all around. so glad I went. Will go to more shows more often, i promise.