Joey Huffman is going to be regaling the readers of The Backstage Beat with his first person perspective about the chaos and adventures he encounters while out on the road with Hank Williams, Jr., Burns & Poe, Drivin n’ Cryin and whomever else can handle all that is “TL” (THE LEGEND)! This is the first installment, which chronicles the misadventures of all that was…BAMAJAM 2010!
Local Atlanta bands will come together to help favorite Star Bar bartender, Gina, with medical expenses from a recent illness. Such hometown favorites as BIGFOOT, Leadfoot Messiah, Primate, The Booze, Tom Cheshire, AM Gold and more will be jamming from 8:00 p.m. till closing. Food will be provided by Slopes BBQ. So, mark your calendars and come on out for a great cause and a fantstic lineup of music! See ya there!
Steve Stone from the Atlanta Rhythm Section sits down with Ange and has a few laughs. Steve talks about the upcoming Atlanta Rhythm Section show on July 10th in the gazebo in downtown Woodstock, Georgia.
I had the pleasure of taking my kids to see Toy Story 3 for opening day! I am assuming they are expecting record breaking box office success since they were showing this movie every hour, sometimes two in one hour! We visited the Regal 16 Cinemas in Kennesaw, Georgia and we were greeted with Toy Story 3 things everywhere! At the ticket booth, on the doors, everywhere you looked there was Woody and Buzz Lightyear!
My kids have been fans of Toy Story all their lives. My oldest child is seven, and the first Toy Story came out eight years before she was even born (1995)! We heard about the third Toy Story installment two years ago while on vacation. A Disney worker told us it was coming out in June of 2010. We thought that was way too long to wait. Of course time goes way too fast, the day was here and we were ready to see this movie!
With their tiny Buzz Lightyear and Woody dolls in hand, all three kids we’re grinning ear to ear as we entered the theater. I won’t spoil the movie for anyone but if you have small kids or even big kids that might have loved the Toy Story movies when they were kids, you have got to see this movie!
It is heartfelt and sad to watch as a mom. It just shows you that all kids do grow up – way too fast. The tiny voices change and the toys get replaced. They move on and need you less and less. Take the videos of them now while they are little and enjoy the chaos that comes from having small kids. They will be big before you know it. Just like Andy in the Toy Story 3 movie, they will grow up and leave for college.
Take your family and go see this movie. The kids will love it. Moms and Dad, Grandmas and Grandpas will love it. It is very funny and a great way to spend time as a family. We all gave it the BIG THUMBS UP!!!
“To Infinity and Beyond”
Atlanta Rhythm Section, sometimes abbreviated ARS, is an American southern rock band. The band unofficially formed in 1970 as former members of the Candymen and the Classics IV became the session band for the newly opened Studio One in Doraville, Georgia.
Atlanta Rhythm Section playing the Flower Power Concert Series April 2010 – Disney/Epcot
Atlanta based Blackberry Smoke continues to grow into the premiere Southern Rock band of America. Over the last 12 months they have shared the stage with ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings, Cross Canadian Ragweed and countless others. The band has recently finished recording their sophomore effort “Little Piece Of Dixie” with legendary producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts) and engineer Justin Niebank – www.blackberrysmoke.com
Blackberry Smoke playing Coachman Park in Clearwater, Florida April 25, 2010
By: Joey Huffman
6:00 a.m. – I’m in a passenger van pulling a trailer full of equipment somewhere between Saint Louis and Iowa. I couldn’t get comfortable enough to sleep so now I’m watching a beautiful sunrise. Or is it watching me? Like God’s own flashlight it shines on me and calls me out. It says you should sleep at night when all is quiet and I reply when all is quiet is when I’m most creative. It replies saying your getting your days and nights turned around and I reply I think that is the point.
I don’t need the sun to make me feel guilty. I have had my fill of guilt. I just set it down like a load of bricks and I was free. Besides I’ve discovered that if you throw rocks at the sun for long enough it will eventually go away…for a while. I feel the energy and creativity creeping in when the darkness falls like an old friend.
Billy Corgan, vocalist, lead guitarist and songwriter for The Smashing Pumpkins, will pay tribute to the band as they accept their Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Billy joins Donna Halper, former radio personality at WMMS Cleveland where Rush received their first radio airplay with Working Man participate as well.
The ceremony will take place in front of the Musician’s Institute at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard at 11:30 AM in Los Angeles this Friday, June 25th.
Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood is going to have special screenings of ‘Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage’ at their theatre this Friday in honor of Rush getting their Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame just blocks away. They’re giving special screenings at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm in their biggest auditorium.
Rush is “a little more than halfway done” recording “Clockwork Angels” with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who also helmed 2007`s “Snakes & Arrows.” Two of the songs, “Caravan” and “BU2B,” have been released online, and four others were recorded during sessions at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. The new album is due out Spring of 2011.
Rush hopes to finish recording during the fall in time for a release in the spring of 2011, followed by a more extensive world tour. Meanwhile the group is now busy gearing up for the summer shows, which kick off June 29 in Albuquerque, N.M., and finishing October 2nd in West Palm Beach, FL with stops along the way in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Holmdel, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, and more (complete tour itinerary follows). The tour will feature performances of the 1980 album “Moving Pictures” in its entirety.
The tour will also give a push behind the award-winning documentary “Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage,” which premieres on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia at 9 p.m. EST on June 26 and is released on DVD three days later.
Rush has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and garnered untold legions of devoted and admiring fans. According to the RIAA, Rush’s sales statistics place RUSH third after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band.
Released in 1981, Moving Pictures was their most successful album, certified 4x Platinum and features some of Rush’s most well known songs and perennial radio favorites Tom Sawyer, Limelight and the Grammy-nominated instrumental YYZ.
Rush comes to Atlanta, Georgia on September 29th at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. If you cant make the show in Atlanta here is a list of the full tour itinerary.
June 29, 2010 United States Albuquerque, NM The Pavilion
July 1, 2010 United States Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
July 3, 2010 United States Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Summerfest
July 5, 2010 United States Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
July 7, 2010 United States Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
July 9, 2010 Canada Sarnia, ON Sarnia Bayfest
July 11, 2010 Canada Ottawa, ON Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
July 13, 2010 Canada Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
July 15, 2010 Canada Quebec City, QB Quebec City Summer Festival
July 17, 2010 Canada Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
July 19, 2010 United States Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
July 21, 2010 United States Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
July 23, 2010 United States Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 24, 2010 United States Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
August 5, 2010 United States Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
August 7, 2010 United States Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
August 9, 2010 United States Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 11, 2010 United States Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
August 13, 2010 United States Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 14, 2010 United States Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 16, 2010 United States Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 18, 2010 United States Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 20, 2010 United States Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
August 22, 2010 United States St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 25, 2010 United States Omaha, NE Qwest Events Center
August 27, 2010 United States St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair
August 29, 2010 United States Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
August 31, 2010 United States Allentown, PA Allentown Fair
September 2, 2010 United States Syracuse, NY New York State Fair
September 3, 2010 United States Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
September 14, 2010 United States Boston, MA TD Garden
September 16, 2010 United States Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
September 18, 2010 United States Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
September 21, 2010 United States Tulsa, OK BOK Center
September 23, 2010 United States San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
September 25, 2010 United States Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
September 26, 2010 United States Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
September 29, 2010 United States Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
October 1, 2010 United States Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
October 2, 2010 United States West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Plot Summary: In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon (Yes, the moon!) in Universal’s new 3-D CGI feature, “Despicable Me.”
Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad.
The world’s greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.
Ange and Rob Alex took their three kids to see this movie opening day. Aleena Alex is seven, Dorian Alex is almost five and Braeden Alex is three years old. The Alex children gave this movie six out of six thumbs up!
Here is what they had to say about it:
Aleena: “It was a happy movie. It was also very funny! I thought Gru was very funny and his minions were hysterical. I really liked the part where the minions were making copies of their butts on the copying machine.”
Dorian: ” I liked the movie because it was very funny especially the beginning where Gru pops the little boys balloon after he gave it to him. I also laughed a lot at the tiny potty part.”
Braeden: ” I liked the story Gru read at the end of the movie.”
I would like to state that this movie is very kid friendly and very enjoyable. I would recommend children of all ages see this film. It is touching and sad, funny and strange! Loved it!
Musical icons, The Atlanta Rhythm Section played a fantastic show at The Woodstock Summer Concert Series Saturday July 10th.
Dean Daughtry, Andy Anderson, Steve Stone and Justin Senker took some time to talk to The Backstage Beat, the interview is at the bottom of this post. Watch it and learn about their start and what they have in store later this year!
Thank you Atlanta Rhythm Section for talking with us and we look forward to all the upcoming events!
Special Thanks to Steve Stone for arranging the interview and rounding everyone up! We love you Steve!