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Musicians signing in September. Some yes, some no, some disappear.

September has been a pretty good month for adding to the collection.  Things started to slow down in Northeast Ohio, but I still managed to get a few good ones.

Todd Rundgren made his 5th appearance in Northern Ohio in the past 12 months.  Apparently he has a pretty big fan base here.  Believe it or not- he is playing again in December.  I think people were disappointed with his “Global” tour as he basically played techno music and he only played a few of his hits.  So in…

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Added by Coachgd on September 25, 2015 at 6:53pm — 2 Comments

Rockers and a Hollywood Actor who wants to rock

Summer is winding down and school is about to start but I do have a few autograph stories from the past couple of weeks.

First off, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Chris Hillman (Byrds,Desert Rose Band, Flying Burrito Bros.) and Herb Peterson(Flying Burrito Bros, DRB) made a stop at a small local venue.  After the show they both sat down at the merch table and signed and talked with fans.  I couldn’t find my Byrds album (that Roger McGuinn refused to sign) but I did get him on my HOF…

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Added by Coachgd on August 29, 2015 at 8:28pm — 4 Comments

Summer Concerts and the Football Hall of Fame

This has definitely been the summer for concerts for me.  Between my gig as a concert reviewer/photographer and attending some shows for below face value (thanks to craigslist!) or free (thanks to friends) I’ve been to 17 shows since June.  

At the end of July, Graham Nash played a solo show…

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Added by Coachgd on August 10, 2015 at 8:03pm — 4 Comments

My Heart/Robert Plant situation and other stories

Heart is one of my favorite bands.  I’ve seen them a few times in the past, but it has been 20 years since I last saw them so I was excited to see that they were playing at the Hard Rock Rocksino.  I jumped on Ticketmaster as soon as…

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Added by Coachgd on July 16, 2015 at 6:00pm — 13 Comments

Summer concerts, autographs and blow-offs

Summer is finally here, and so far it's been great!  I got back from Italy and Spain a few weeks ago, what an experience to see the Colosseum and priceless works of art.  Oh to get a Da Vinci autograph!

Anyway, the day I returned home, Hall and Oates were playing in Akron.  I decided to try for them…

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Added by Coachgd on July 4, 2015 at 4:34pm — 4 Comments

Two more for the collection

My wife likes to play the slots, I like to play poker and table games.  The Hard Rock Rocksino does not have table games so my only interest in going there is to see a show, or to get a free buffet.  The plus side of her gambling there is that they will send her comp tickets to shows if they aren't selling…

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Added by Coachgd on June 14, 2015 at 4:05pm — 1 Comment

3 concerts, 3 autographs, 3 different experiences

May is always a busy month for me.  Track keeps me very busy- I had 2 athletes make it to Regional’s and one just missed advancing to the state meet.  I also coordinate graduation at my school which is also hectic.  So autographs and shows are put on the backburner.

However the past couple…

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Added by Coachgd on June 8, 2015 at 10:48pm — 9 Comments

A good week for adding to the collection

It was another good week for getting some autographs in Northern Ohio.  Last week, Jay Leno performed in Cleveland.  I used to get Rolling Stone magazine back in the day and I kept some of them from the late 80's and early 90's.  I happened to keep the one with Jay and Arsenio Hall on the…

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Added by Coachgd on May 4, 2015 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Cleveland Rocks! HOF Induction week recap

The Rock Hall Inductions were held in Cleveland last weekend.  Inductions are on a 3 city rotation- Cleveland, New York and LA.  This is the only Hall of Fame in the country where inductions are not held where the museum is located!  Why-- who know!!?  Could you imagine if the baseball hall of fame…

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Added by Coachgd on April 23, 2015 at 7:30pm — 13 Comments

Moondog, Manilow and even Jesus!

Last week, 2 events happened on the same evening.  A screening of Jesus Christ Superstar, featuring a Q&A before the film with 3 of the main cast members- Ted Neeley, Barry Dennen and Bob Bingham, and an autograph signing afterwards.  Barry…

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Added by Coachgd on April 5, 2015 at 4:54pm — 10 Comments

A Rock and Roll Weekend

Two Hall of Famers and an 80's pop rocker played in Cleveland over the past weekend and those shows kept me quite busy.  First, Gregg Allman started his new tour on Friday at the Hard Rock.  Since it was the first day of the new tour, I figured Gregg might be in the mood to sign.…

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Added by Coachgd on March 17, 2015 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

The British Invasion 2015

It's hard to believe that fifty-one years ago several bands/musicians from England stormed the shores of the United States and ruled the music charts for the next 2 decades.  Some of these acts decided to celebrate this turning point in music history and bound together to tour the States again.  Peter Asher served as master of ceremonies as he introduced each act and told stories about each performer.  The underlying theme for each act was the Beatles.  Either they worked with, wrote with or…

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Added by Coachgd on March 6, 2015 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Mick Fleetwood and Booker T Jones

Fleetwood Mac brought their On With the Show tour to Cleveland on a below 0 degree night.  I have always liked the Mac and my wife and I saw them on their last tour, minus Christine McVie.  I debated on going to this show to see the classic lineup, but decided not to.  A friend of mine and I decided to head up to the hotel before the show to see if we could snag an autograph or two.  There were 3 people total waiting out in the cold.  A little after 4, out walks Mick Fleetwood and we…

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Added by Coachgd on February 26, 2015 at 5:51pm — 7 Comments

A sit down with Dr. Funkenstein and Chuck D

I have the pleasure of living close to Cleveland and Canton.  Two major Hall's of Fame are about a one hour drive from each other and both institutions put on special events from time to time.  This February, the Rock and Roll HOF had two Hall of Famers come in and tell their stories to fans as well as…

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Added by Coachgd on February 12, 2015 at 7:00pm — 8 Comments

A Great Start for Rock N Roll Autographs

Rock N Roll tried to heat up a cold January in Cleveland, and it did!  My first show of the year was Rusted Root.  I didn't plan on going to this show, but my friend is a photographer and he got an extra ticket to the show and asked me if I wanted to go.  Can't pass up a free show!  They were great and the entire crowd was dancing in their seats.  Especially when they played their biggest hit "Send me on my way".  The band still has 3 original members and Liz Berlin and the new drummer met…

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Added by Coachgd on February 1, 2015 at 9:43am — 4 Comments

2014- Another year of Football signings

To go along with my new obsession of meeting Rock Stars, I also continued my football autograph collection.  My year started in out in January when a friend and I traveled down to Columbus to the Midwest Sports Spectacular show.  I added a few Buckeyes to my All-American helmet: John Hicks, Ryan Shazier and Tom Skladney.  Maurice Clarett who almost won the '02 Championship game by himself, was also there so I couldn't pass us an opportunity to get him on a SI and ESPN cover.…

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Added by Coachgd on January 2, 2015 at 9:49am — 4 Comments

2014-My musical year in review.

My autograph adventure of 2014 began in February when I decided to see Peter Buck and Alejandro Escavado at the last minute. I have been a fan of REM for a long time and I got to see them a couple of times over the years. My chance to see a hall of famer up close in a small venue for $20 was an opportunity I couldn't pass up.  I wasn't really prepared for autographs, as I didn't get any vinyl and only brought 1 REM cd cover and my RnR HOF poster.  I had no idea if they would sign or not and…

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Added by Coachgd on December 30, 2014 at 1:05pm — 5 Comments

Meeting a Runaway

The Runaways, the first all girl rock band that played their own instruments featured two members that also had break-out solo careers.  Joan Jett was the first to gain recognition with her 2nd solo album "I love Rock N Roll" as well as various other hits and cover songs through out her career.  I always liked Joan and her big eyes and punk attitude.  I got the opportunity to see her open up for the Kinks back in 1987 and she put on a great show.  I never got to meet her, but I hope to this…

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Added by Coachgd on December 28, 2014 at 4:23pm — 2 Comments

Two Guitarists and a Bass Player

Another good week for music and autographs in the Cleveland Area.  Last Saturday, two original

members of Jefferson Airplane- Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, also known as Hot Tuna hit the Music Box for an acoustic set of blues based rock.  Although I didn't have a ticket to the show, I decided to go up and see if I could get a couple of autographs from these legendary Hall of Famers.  The Music Box is a great venue that has two levels and two stages.  The first floor seats…

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Added by Coachgd on December 4, 2014 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

Another Week of Rock

Four different classic rock acts came through NE Ohio last week and I decided to go to 3 of the shows.  First, Todd Rundgren came to Kent for "An Unpredictable Evening".  I'm not a huge Todd fan, but I do like his music so I decided to take a chance to see if anyone had an extra ticket to this sold out show.  Luckily,  got a $40 for $30 ( I love not paying full price).  Todd and his band sounded very good and played a variety of 

cover songs including 96 Tears, Muskrat Love, and Fire.…

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Added by Coachgd on November 17, 2014 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

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