December 18, 2011


"No More MR. Nice Guy" Tour
Hard Rock Live
Orlando - December 14th, 2011

Artwork by Java John
Photos by Dylan & Java John Goldacker

My fifth time seeing the "Godfather of Shock-Rock" in concert in 36 years, was no less exciting than the very first ("Welcome to my Nightmare") or any of the others, as a matter of fact, it quite possibly could have been the best of them all!
Something that made the night very special was the fact that I had my son, Dylan with me. At 14 he's only slightly younger than I was the first time I saw Alice (at the Hollywood [FL] Sportatorium, April 18th 1975, with Suzi Quatro opening) . For most of the show Dylan was on his feet singing, rocking, and taking pictures...makes a father proud!
One of the many highlights of the evening was the opening act, a rocking London based five piece band called LIVAN. Great songs, a lot of power, and the lead vocalist, the band's namesake, has an exciting stage presence reminiscent of Freddy Mercury, or even Alice himself. I'm looking forward to an interview with LIVAN after the first of the year.
Alice's band is tighter than ever, especially with the addition of the beautiful, and amazing ORIANTHI on lead guitar! Wow what a talent. Ori is best known for her hit single "According To You", and her work with Michael Jackson for the "This Is It" tour that was never to be (see the DVD for "This Is It").
Orianthi was performing right in front of my son and I (we happened to be in the front row!), and we even gave her an Alice 'troll' doll that I made and he kicked around on stage a short time earlier. She spent the first part of the evening with a scowl and fake blood on her face (no doubt trying to live up to the "Nightmare" mystique!). Eventually she loosened up, slyly sharing her gorgeous smile...and plenty of guitar picks!
The show opened up with VINCENT PRICE'S voice...speaking an intro to "The Black Widow". Followed up by "Brutal Planet", "I'm Eighteen", and "Under My Wheels". Next came everybody's favorite "Billion Dollar Babies", during which Alice flings "Cooper Cash" off his sword into the audience...Dylan and I both managed to get our hands on a few!
Halfway through the show Alice played "I'll Bite Your Face Off", the only track he was to play off his new album "Welcome 2 My nightmare". I really like the CD, though it does not remind me enough of the fist "Nightmare" album. But, I did think a better choice would have been for him to play "What Baby Wants" off the new disc. An awesome song with which he shares vocal duties with Ke$ha on...maybe Orianthi could have sang it on stage. Several songs that surprised me in the set list was the ancient "Halo of Flies", his 'new wave' hit "Clones (we're all)", and "Feed My Frankenstein"...which featured a very kool giant 'frankensteined' version of Alice(?)!
After a Full Set that also included "Cold Ethyl", "Muscle of Love", and "Poison", Alice came back with the double-punch encores of "School's Out", (and another fave of mine) "Elected". The former added the chorus from Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Pt.2", and the latter with Alice (the all-American boy) clad in red white and blue, waving a huge flag. I'd vote for him. Again!The Setlist:
(Vincent Price Intro) Black Widow
Brutal Planet
I'm Eighteen
Under My Wheels
Billion Dollar Babies
No More Mr Nice Guy
Hey Stoopid
Is It My Body
Halo Of Flies
I'll Bite Your Face Off
Muscle Of Love
Only Women Bleed
Cold Ethyl
Feed My Frankenstein
Clones (We're All)
Wicked Young Man / Killer - I Love The Dead (excerpt)
School's Out (incorporating 'Another Brick In The Wall pt 2')



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November 20, 2011



Thursday October 6th, 2011 - Seminole Hard Rock, Florida

photos by "Java" John Goldacer

"The House of The Rising Sun" by Eric Burdon & the Animals came out during the 1st British Invaision in 1964, when I was 4yrs old.

And I played the hell out of the "Spill the Wine" 45rpm...the smash hit by Eric Burdon and his new band WAR, when it came out in 1970!

In the mid 2000's I rediscovered the awesomeness that is ERIC BURDON by way of his two incredible studio albums "My Secret Life", and "Soul of a Man" that my friend FRED MIGLIORE turned me onto.

Earlier this year, in February, I had the distinct pleasure ofinterviewing Mr. Burdon for my radio show "On The FlipSide" which will finally air in December! - (more about that below.)

BUT, I had never had the chance to see The Man perform LIVE. That is until....

Thursday October 6th 2011!
Lemme tell ya, it was quite worth the wait!
One of the greatest voices in Rock and Roll still KICKS ASS!

Eric (and The Animals) Rocked the Roll, and Soul and Blues during a solid hour and 45 minute set to an ecstatic crowd at the Seminole Hard Rock in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Animal came out shortly before Eric, starting the opening riffs of "When I Was Young" the extended version showed that Eric was in fine form (and looking quite fit as well)...then they ripped into a one-two punch of "Don't Bring Me Down" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"!

During the psychedelic classic "San Fransisco Nights" (from the Summer of Love) you could almost smell the patchouli and weed in the air (or maybe that wasn't my imagination!).

A few tunes later, I was overjoyed that Eric decided to include a lengthy jam of "River Deep, Mountain High" in the set. A song that Tina Turner killed (in a good way) in '66, but Eric brought back to life and murdered(!) in '68 and again on this night!

Toward the end of the show, "We Gotta Get Outta This Place" had the whole crowd singing at the top of their lungs, and by the time the band came out for the encores we were ready for "The House of The Rising Sun", which kicked off with a beautiful acoustic lead in, then Eric singing his heart out! The crowd (and I were delighted) by the whole performance...

Now with a Live Album, and a CD of new material on the way soon, I can't wait to see Eric perform his solo material!

Thank you for everything Mr. Burdon, you are a true Gentleman!

When I Was Young
Don't Bring Me Down
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - (Nina Simone cover)
San Franciscan Nights
Before You Accuse Me - (Bo Diddley cover)
I Believe to My Soul - (Ray Charles cover)
River Deep – Mountain High - (Ike & Tina Turner cover)
Boom Boom - (John Lee Hooker cover)
Tryin' To Get You - (The Eagles cover)
It's My Life
We've Gotta Get Out of This Place
Crawling King Snake - (John Lee Hooker cover)
The House of the Rising Sun - (Clarence Ashley cover)

My portraits of Eric Burdon and his good friend Jimi Hendrix that I presented to Eric prior to show time.
photo of a fan's denim jacket
Join me, "Java" John on Saturday evening December 17th, at 6pm, when I air a Very Special program featuring the music of, and the Interview I did with Eric Burdon earlier this year!
"On The FlipSide" w/ "Java" John
Saturday's at 6pm on WFIT 89.5fm Melbourne, FL

For more about ERIC BURDON visit:

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Tuesday October 11th, 2011 - Hard Rock, ORLANDO

photos by "Java" John Goldacer

The last time I saw Peter Frampton in concert was September 3rd, 1977, when he was touring behind the FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE! album in 1977 (we also saw him play there in September '76 on the same tour, although mostly from a rooftop across the street!).
That show was at the Miami Baseball Stadium, and the show was open by the "Dreamweaver" himself, Gary Wright. What a show! (video below)

In Orlando, 2011 Peter did not disappoint, again! The show highlighted the 35th Anniversary of the ' Comes Alive!' album, playing it in it's entirety, and flawlessly, in the 1st set!
Peter looks great, and sounds great (though he's lots his famous locks!), and seems like his is truly having a great time. At 61, he's still playing the hell outta that guitar.

The second set consisted of several tunes from his great new CD "Thank You Mr. Churchill). Some instrumentals, and another HUMBLE PIE song - "Four Day Creep"....with some very cool old video.

The Encores were the stellar cover of SOUNDGARDEN'S "Black Hole Sun", from his Grammy Winning 2006 CD FINGERPRINTS. And then a very groovy cover of THE BEATLES "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".

set 1:
Something's Happening
Doobie Wah
Lines On My Face
Show Me The Way

It's a Plain Shame

Wind Of Change

Penny For Your Thoughts

All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)

Baby I Love Your Way
LinkI Wanna Go To The Sun
I'll Give You Money

Shine On -
(Humble Pie song)
Do You Feel Like We Do

Jumpin' Jack Flash -
(The Rolling Stones cover)
set 2:
Asleep at the Wheel (from the Mr. Churchill CD)
(from the Mr. Churchill CD)
Float (from the Fingerprints CD)
Boot It Up
(from the Fingerprints CD)
Double Nickels (from the Fingerprints CD)
Four Day Creep - (Humble Pie song)
Off The Hook
(from the '00 CD Peter Frampton)
Black Hole Sun - (instrumental Soundgarden cover)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps -
(The Beatles cover)

My 2011 PhotoPass
a stub from the '77 concert (not mine)

FRAMPTON "Show My The way" IN MIAMI ('76 or '77)

The ORLANDO '11 Concert Audio Available @