Ron O’Brian

Ron O’Brian
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I love me some Seafood Fettuccine! And I guess when it comes to music, I’m the same…give me a good mix…portions of Led Zeppelin to U2, and stir in a big assortment of others (even outside of rock). You’ll find me at the gym, on a mountain bike, or hiking…when I get time away from work, which includes driving limousines part time. Biggest “stars” I’ve driven….Keith Richards and Ron Woods, and country artist Reba McEntire (all during my years in Portland OR).


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A look at my family Thanksgiving dinner…

No explanation needed…I knew you could use a good laugh! Hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving. ~ Ron O’

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Angus Young gets emotional

In this recent interview from 60 Minutes Australia, Angus Young and Brian Johnson talk about Ac/Dc returning, and Angus talks about the period of time when his brother Malcolm was suffering from dementia, and his passing. You’re used to seeing Angus up there rock’n, but this shows a bit of his personal side. ~ Ron O’

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Another little taste of Ac/Dc

It’s new, “Realize”, the second song to be released from the upcoming new album…and yes…it’s pure Ac/Dc, but great to hear the guys back, and looking forward to hearing the rest of “Power UP”! ~ Ron O’

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We don’t do politics here…but,

I think most of us have seen the NFL “bad lip reading” episodes in the past, which are always entertaining. Well now, we have the 2020 Presidential Debate version for your listening pleasure. I have to say, if this doesn’t at least give you a little laugh…you might want to check your human meter, lol. ~ Ron O’

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And yet another show is a NO GO…

It was September of 2019 when Black Jacket Symphony played the Egyptian in Boise…perhaps you were there. It was a night of Pink Floyd, with the performance of “Dark Side of The Moon”, in it’s entirety, note-for-note, then other Pink Floyd greats…what a night. It was my first exposure to this amazing group of musicians, and they just nailed it. There are actually a huge number of musicians that do different album performances around the country, and at the Pink Floyd show the group promoted that they would be performing Led Zeppelin IV in Nampa, November 1 of 2020, and offered tickets…which I dove into without hesitation! Just the other day, word came that the show has now been postponed into late 2021…and I am SO BUMMED! But through the magic of modern technology…I bring you Black Jacket Symphony doing “Black Dog”, enjoy…as will I. ~ Ron O’

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A great interview with EVH…

By now you may have heard the story…Wolfgang and Eddie’s family talking about going through the archives of Eddie’s 5150 Studio. Well, in this 1998 interview, Eddie talks about (and you’ll see) the massive collection of tapes, and how the contents had at one time been cataloged on a computer….only to have the hard drive crash. Eddie talks about how “someday” someone’s going to have to go through each tape to know what’s on them. HOPEFULLY since this 98′ interview, Eddie did just that. And an up-close look at the Frankenstein guitar, Eddie talking about how he created it…and plenty more…a great interview piece! RIP EVH ~ Ron O’

Remembering Tom Petty

October 2 marks three years since we lost a true music legend in Tom Petty. Here are two partial video’s from his show on August 5 of 2014 at what was then Taco Bell Arena. It was a great night…with Steve Winwood opening. ~ Ron O’

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POWER UP!

Check it out my friends…here’s the “tease” trailer for the NEW Ac/Dc single…and check out the bands website. YES…Here we go! ~ Ron

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Uriah Heep, Ozzy Osbourne…

He was a part of Uriah Heep’s classic-era lineup as the drummer on great tunes like “Easy Livin” and “Stealin”, a number of albums and tours…and went on to drum for Ozzy Osbourne on the first two solo albums, after Ozzy departed from Black Sabbath…”Diary of A Madman”, and “Blizzard of Ozz”, as well as touring. Drummer Lee Kerslake passed away recently at the age of 73, after fighting cancer for 5 years. Enjoy these “live” videos of Uriah Heep and some Ozzy…R.I.P. Lee  ~ Ron O’

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1000 Strong!

A band playing a song is one thing…quite simple. But take a total of 1000 musicians and vocalists together and play in-sync with each other…that can’t be an easy task! Enjoy, AC/DC…1000 strong! ~ Ron O’

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A fishing video with AMAZING scenery!

As I head out on vacation, I thought I’d leave you with a “here’s to summer” video! And I know a lot of you love to fish…and you love the scenery of the great outdoors! SO, here’s a video with plenty of both…with some secondary AMAZING “scenery” included. And for more of my blogs, click on my name.  ~ Ron O’

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Rare Ac/Dc concert footage!

This Saturday (July 25) marks the 40th anniversary of the “Back In Black” album from Ac/Dc…the first album with Brian Johnson on lead vocals, following the death of Bon Scott. The bands official website, has been updated FOR THE FIRST TIME since the death of Malcolm Young! It is showing new merchandise for the celebration of the “Back In Black” Lp 40th Anniversary. Below you can watch the rare live video from a Tokyo show in 1981 of “What Do You Do for Money Honey” as the band has uploaded this to their official Youtube channel…as well as “You Shook Me All Night Long”. With the band offering up new merchandise via their website…but NO new word on a new album etc., some Ac/Dc fans have expressed their dis-pleasure with the band. But hey, maybe the guys need to make some money off of merchandise to finance a tour!?  HAH, yah right! But perhaps this is all yet another big “tease” in getting closer to some new music and a tour for the guys…once we get out of the whole COVID-19 crap! ~ Ron O’

 

 

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Some good stuff on the way!

T-Rex is one of the inductees for the 2020 Class of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, so it’s fitting that a tribute is on the way for the late Marc Bolan, the founder and lead singer/song writer of T-Rex. And it was this month (July) in 1967 that the band was formed. A tribute to Marc Bolan is coming out September 4 called AngelHeaded Hipster: The Songs Of Marc Bolan and T. Rex. This “tease” video for “Jeepster” done by Joan Jett is probably just the first of a few that will be released prior to the album coming in the fall. Todd Rundgren covers the song “Planet Queen”, and one I’m really interested in hearing is U2 with Elton John doing T-Rex’s biggest song “Bang A Gong (Get It On)! Sons of the late John Lennon, Sean and Julian Lennon also appear on two songs. ~ Ron O’ 

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I’d never heard of this guy before…

I’ve always appreciated the talent of ventriloquist’s…the likes of Jeff Dunham, and the young star Darci Lynne. But I’d never heard of Terry Fator before, and WOW this is amazing! Speaking is one thing, but being able to sing, and do BOTH parts, well…that is another thing. Enjoy…I think you’ll be amazed, like I am!  ~ Ron 

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Can’t wait to get a taste of this!

We still have a while to wait, but when it comes out, it’s going to be tasty!  September 4 is the release date for the Rollings Stones expanded version of “Goats Head Soup”! And the guys are adding three previously unreleased tunes, including a track called “Scarlet” that features Jimmy Page on guitar, and Rick Grech of Blind Faith on bass! The deluxe two-disc CD and vinyl editions of the 1973 album will include 10 rarities and alternative mixes as well. And a vinyl edition of Goats Head Soup features an alternate early version of the album’s art cover…that will be available exclusively at the stones website. While we await the full release, we do get a tease…check out the song/video of the previously unreleased “Criss Cross”…and guys, I’m sure you’ll enjoy viewing Guindilla Ontanaya…the star of the video, oh my!  ~ Ron O’

 

 

 

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Like a scene out of Close Encounters!

They look quite ominous, and if you’ve ever been near one, they can seem pretty scary…but they actually they pack more “bark than bite”. Well at least the cloud formation itself…called a “shelf cloud”. But you can bet when something like this forms, there’s almost always some power thunderstorms in the mix. This video of a giant shelf cloud was shot in Clovis New Mexico. ~ Ron O’

 

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Definitely an ADD for the collection…

Other than going to live concerts, I do enjoy my collection of concert DVDs and Blu-rays! Just watching this clip, I can tell the offering from Roger Water’s this fall will be a good one! Roger Waters “Us + Them” will be out October 2 of this year on DVD, Blu-ray, double CD and TRIPLE Vinyl editions. While I have been collecting vinyl, there are just certain artists where you’ve got to have the visual, and that’s the case with this one! The concert movie is from Water’s sold out tour of 2017-18… a total of 156 shows to 2.3 million people around the world. It will feature classics from The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals [and] Wish You Were Here, as well as his most recent album, Is This The Life We Really Want? This clip from the upcoming release is less than 7 minutes, but the full DVD/Blu-ray features 23 tracks plus bonus footage. ~ Ron O’

 

Where’s Waldo?

Remember the kid who played Waldo in Van Halen’s video of “Hot for Teacher” (yah, I figured so). Well, he’s back…and made his own creation of the 1984 Classic, with a little name change up…”Hot For Waldo”. Pretty funny…but yes, I’m guessing you’re with me in saying that we will NEVER forget the babe in the original…how could you!! ~ Ron

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A strange combination for sure…

No, we don’t play Rage Against The Machine, and HELL no we aren’t playing any Bee Gee’s! But, I’m a fan of great “mash-ups”…and this is one of em! ~ Ron O’

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Stay calm, stay calm…

Check out this video from Northern Italy…as a family was hiking in the mountains, and a “curious” brown bear is stalking the families 12 year old boy! He stayed calm…and while the language is Italian, I can image some of what was being said! Fortunately the boy (and parents) stayed calm…but I’m wondering if that bag he’s holding contained some kind of food!? If that was the case, I’d had flung it, and let “Yogi” have my treats! ~ Ron 

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Fight Challenge!

It’s called “Boss Bitch Challenge”, and features a bunch of famous women…beating the crap out of each other! OK, not for real…but this was put together VERY well. Worth a few minutes of your “quarantine” time for sure! Check out the likes of Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Daryl Hannah, Rosario Dawson, Cameron Diaz, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Florence Pugh, Margot Robbie and others, goin’ at it!  ~ Ron O’

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Now this is how you cover Ac/Dc!

Like many other artists or groups, Sammy Hagar and The Circle have been doing a series of “lockdown” jam sessions via youtube etc.recently…and this one is yet another great one! Sammy of course on lead, the amazing guitarist Vic Johnson, Michael Anthony on Bass, and Jason Bonham (son of the legendary John Bonham) on drums. Enjoy this great rock cover! ~ Ron O’

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I’ve been in a real FUNK!

OK, the title of this blog post is weak I know…my attempt at being sneaky, but I’m sure most of you knew exactly what I was teasing!  Yep, I’m stuck, in a GRAND FUNK lately! Of all the 60+ albums I’ve collected over the past 15 months or so (and I have some great ones), lately I’m just nearly stuck on listening to Grand Funk Railroad!! I know I’m not the only one who feels like they are one of THE top underrated classic rock groups of the 70’s…and deserve to be in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame! OH, and then there’s drummer Don Brewer’s awesome afro…looks like I did back in the 70’s!! So, here are just a few video’s from back in the day, of some of my favorite Grand Funk Railroad tunes done live. ENJOY and rock on my friends! ~ Ron O’

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How about some GOOD news,

Former star of the TV series “The Office” John Krasinski, who portrayed Jim Halpert, has started a “Good News” channel on YouTube, and along with a number of good news stories, in this episode he has a video reunion with Steve Carrell, and some very cool moments talking about their times together on the show. The Office, definitely one of my all time favorite TV series, and perhaps the same with you…and now’s a good time for some good news, and perhaps some binge watching of The Office episodes!  ~ Ron O’

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My girlfriend asked how big it was…

No…not THAT! We’re talking about a building here people! I have a number of friends (and perhaps your the same) who never venture out into Nampa, and the other day the subject about growth in the valley came up…I was surprised at how many people hadn’t even driven by the mammoth Amazon fulfillment center going up in Nampa. It looks big from the freeway, but you really experience just how huge it is when you drive by on Franklin Rd. I did a video this past weekend, but it just didn’t capture what I wanted…so, thanks to a recent Idaho Statesman article including some stats, and a great drone view, here ya go. ~ Ron 

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Stuck at home during this whole craziness…

OK, so…I’m easily entertained, laugh if you must. Having grandkids myself I found this to be both funny, and could be a little entertaining. Perhaps you could even change this scenario up some…but please, do not go out in traffic and actually play the live version of Frogger! ~ Ron 

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Now THAT was my kind of a “symphony”!

When I first heard about The Black Jacket Symphony doing Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of The Moon”, I thought uuhhh, I’m not much into “symphony” stuff…and would there be any vocals? I mean Pink Floyd’s music is of course amazing, but without the lyrical content, that just wouldn’t work! WELL was I (and I’m sure many others) totally BLOWN AWAY last night at the Egyptian Theatre! It wasn’t anything like what most consider a symphony, but rather just 7 incredible musicians who performed “Dark Side of The Moon” note to note, beginning to end, and SPOT ON! And if that wasn’t enough to amaze, after intermission, they finished the night with a collection of other Pink Floyd standards, the likes of Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wish You Were Here, Another Brick In the Wall Part II, Have a Cigar…and the two video’s below (partial), Comfortably Numb, and Run Like Hell. The group of hand-picked musicians changes based upon the album being performed—and no sonic detail is overlooked, with the musicians doing whatever it takes to reproduce the album. I’ve already pre-purchased tickets for their return in November when they’ll perform Led Zeppelin IV (and other’s to fill out the show), and can’t wait! Last night was purely a full night of rock and roll magic! ~ Ron 

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Pretty crazy video of UFO…

So the guy narrating this actual video taken from the International Space Station seems thoroughly convinced that the object seen in the video is truly a UFO…as opposed to some kind of “secret” military aircraft. Here’s my two cents worth:  The astronauts NEVER mention this thing…basically ignoring it’s there, so could that mean it was some top secret craft? But if that were the case wouldn’t they make sure the camera moved away from the viewing (the actual video of the “UFO” lasts a whopping 22 minutes!). And, the camera’s on the space station are capable of zooming in like mad…but no full zoom on this object. Again, is that just because they knew it was some military aircraft…but then again, why did the camera stay on it. My conclusion…indeed a military jet of some sort…granted, it could be something new, of a secret nature to some degree…but I don’t buy the UFO thought on this one anyway. Judge for yourself with the full video below. ~ Ron O’

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It’s almost that time of year!

Record Store Day for 2020 is April 18th, a day when some amazing music gets put out there, and not just on vinyl. As is the case every year, there is some AMAZING stuff to choose from, and in a future blog I’ll probably go into more selections…but for now, this ONE is going to be priority for me to try and score! It’s a double LIVE album, previously unissued, from David Bowie’s “I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour 74′). It will be available as both 2 LP’s or 2 CDs, and features segments from a pair of concerts during that tour. The majority of material is from a October 20, 1974 concert at Detroit’s Michigan Palace, and three tracks from a Nashville concert just over a month later. There is another great release on record store day as well for Bowie fans…CHANGESNOWBOWIE, a limited edition nine track LP/CD of previously unreleased studio material. Here’s a few live video’s…one from Ziggy Stardust and the other from 85′ at Live Aid, enjoy! ~ Ron O’

 

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When rock stars grow old…

Well, at least this happened at a small club show rather than in front of thousands. I doubt fans were to upset actually, just being able to be in a small low-key club in London to see legends like Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend (and Simon, Pete’s son). The guys, along with an acoustic band performed two-eight song sets, including a few of the new tunes from their latest album “Who”. And it was during “Break The News” that Daltrey totally screwed up the lyrics…even with lyrics in hand! Watch the video…I find it pretty funny. Parental advisory here, plenty of F bombs…  ~ Ron O’

 

 

 

 

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He is BACK!

Joey Kramer made his return to Aerosmith just last night (Feb 10th) at their residency stay in Vegas! Joey hadn’t played with the band recently, and he even took the band to court in an effort to play with the guys during their recent performance at The Grammy’s (to no avail). It would appear that Joey is feeling just fine…injury issues from as far back as Spring of 2019 resolved! Here’s Joey slammin’ away during “Let The Music Do The Talking” For more of my blogs, click on my name. ~ Ron O’

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A real classic Southpark moment…

Some of you know the background/story on this one…and I SO wish I had gone to see the guys on the “Snakes and Arrows” tour! This was the intro for Tom Sawyer on that tour…produced especially for Rush, never seen on a Southpark episode! And yes, I know many people have seen it before, but to me, it’s WELL worth watching again…and again. Enjoy…with the full song. Without a doubt one of THE greatest rock bands in history, in my humble opinion…yah, some people say, I’m easily “entertained”, and so be it! ~ Ron O’

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Ohhh baby, I am a droolin’ !

Here’s good reason you don’t just roll up to some farm when you find what “appears” to be an awesome find of a vehicle, and lay out cash…unless you REALLY know your stuff! But, nonetheless…if you have the $$ for this kind of thing, wow! For me, just trying to finance my album collection is tough enough…ha! Click on my name for more interesting blogs!  ~ Ron O’ 

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I scored at Walmart!

Check out what I scored at a recent visit to Wally-World (as I and others refer to it)! I had never even thought about looking for albums at Walmart, but decided to browse through the electronics department, and was pleasantly surprised to find a pretty decent selection of new vinyl! And a number of “Walmart Exclusive” colored vinyl! I could have snagged at least two others, but kept my spending reigned in. So my latest collection additions are the self titled Fleetwood Mac on white vinyl, Rumours on clear vinyl, and the Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits on blue vinyl! ~ Ron

 

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Trickery!

Well, football season is just about done, with the college National Championship just ahead, and the NFL playoffs getting started. If you’re a big football fan, the depression will set in soon, lol. Here is a compilation of the greatest trick plays in the NFL for the past decade. They say the professional players aren’t as suspect to falling for trick plays, but I still wish we’d see more like these! ~ Ron O’

 

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He started playing after seeing an AC/DC concert

Say hello to Australian guitar prodigy Taj Farrant, a mere 10 years old! He’s only been playing for about 3 years, but you’d never know it…amazing! He started playing after he attended an AC/DC concert, and obviously he caught on really quick. Check out this video of Taj playing a number of rock tunes…wow! ~ Ron O’

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SQUIRREL…! No…

One of the funniest scene’s in “Christmas Vacation” is when the squirrel comes flying out of the Christmas tree. Well, it wasn’t a squirrel that shocked a family in Georgia recently, but they sure were surprised to find a REAL LIVE OWL lurking in their tree!! Apparently the owl had just been hanging out inside the tree…for close to a week after they’d brought the tree home…before anyone managed to see it! What a HOOT! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!) ~ Ron O’

 

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Happy Birthday Keith!

Born December 18, 1943 in England, Keith Richards is now 76 years…young, so it would seem. After smoking, drinking and living the life of a rock star for many years, he still shows no signs of slowing down. One of my favorite Rolling Stones songs is “Gimme Shelter”, and I came across this video…”A GREAT NIGHT IN HARLEM” Live at the Apollo Theater, October 22, 2015. It was a night honoring Merry Clayton, the amazing vocalist who was the original background singer in Gimme Shelter. Mary was in a terrible car crash in 2014, and lost both of her legs, so she watched this tribute from her home. But the vocalists in this rendition of Gimme Shelter sure did her justice. And of course, there’s the amazing guitar work of Keith Richards himself! Happy Birthday Keith, and ROCK ON! ~ Ron O’

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I just can’t help it!

Over the past few years, nearly every year I say I’m going to do “less” decorating when it comes to Christmas…inside and out. As a matter of fact, I believe late this fall I said I wasn’t going to decorate at ALL! Well, as you can see from this video of my home…I can’t help myself. But I’ll blame it one the great weather we had right during the time when I was doing it up. Have a very Merry Christmas from “The O’Brian Ranch”! ~ Ron O’

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30 years ago this month

I have come across VERY few people who’ve never seen “Christmas Vacation”, which surprises me…but then again, I get into Christmas! It was December of 89′ when this hilarious movie came out, and in explaining to a friend (who’d never seen it!) recently…having watched it at least twice each holiday season, that would make close to 60 times I’ve seen it, and for me it never gets old. Here are two of my favorite scenes. Happy Holidays!  ~ Ron O’