Harvest of the Heart by Anthony Phillips – founding member of Genesis

I want, I want!!!

Even though I own every Anthony Phillips record, either as an LP, cassette, CD, or digital download, I still WANT IT ALL!!  (addiction, perhaps?)


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The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway to Finally Receive Big-Screen Treatment

It started with a simple phone call.  Phil Collins, who had actively been enjoying his retirement assumed “it must be someone interested in my Alamo collection.”

But it was superstar Adele, the mid 20’s, multi-platinum selling artist. She was preparing for her new record and recalled how influential the “Tarzan” soundtrack was in her formative years. “The prospect of working with one of my first idols proved to be an impossibility to ignore.”

The two collaborated off and on over the course of a year due to her unexpected pregnancy.

But a small twist of fate occurred as well. “My husband’s uncle said ‘you need to hear THIS’ and he gave me a copy of ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ by Genesis. I was completely fascinated by the cover, the story inside written by Peter Gabriel, and of course the fantastic music inside. I had never heard ANYTHING like this ever!”

The very visual elements to the lyrics got other wheels in motion. “I thought ‘surely there is already a movie about The Lamb but I learned there is not!”

Adele rang up long-time family friend William Friedkin (The Exorcist) and the two began collaborating on a screen play.

“We are about 2 months away from beginning the opening shots.”

Genesis fans around the world will be celebrating this news. Or is it more of Nursery Cryme?

Adele continued “A couple minor elements of the story have changed to fit the 21st Century. For starters, I desired to play the role of Rael. So we’ve had to flip gender roles throughout.  Instead of Brother John, it is now Sister Joan.”

The part of Sister Joan is to be played by Britain’s Got Talent superstar Susan Boyle.

“Susan and I are total best friends. I ran the idea up her flagpole and she jumped at the opportunity. She’s often quoted as saying that ‘Invisible Touch’ is her all-time favorite song, so anything to do with that classic Genesis sound, she was completely on-board with”

Apparently there’s some other minor changes.

“We had some issues with music licensing, so we’ve used some of my favorite songs from my own personal catalog. For instance, instead of ‘In The Cage’ we are using ‘Rolling in the Deep’. We’ve had to do this, not by choice, but by necessity.”

Another minor change involves the Slipperman, Peter Gabriel’s bizarre lumpy, bumpy creation of STDs gone very wrong. The Slipperman’s skin is covered in “slimy lumps with lips that slide across each chin.”

Adele found this visual extremely disturbing. “I’ve made the executive decision to remove the Slipperman’s grotesque scene and replace it with my music video for ‘Set Fire to the Rain.’ I think audiences will find this much more pleasing.”

How does Adele think Genesis fan’s will take to this updated take  of “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”?

“I think the fans everywhere will embrace this work as part of the official Genesis canon of work.”

Adele hopes to have the film in theaters by next April 1.

While fans will have to wait until next April Fool’s Day, they can order the new Genesis documentary Sum of the Parts on Blu-Ray.

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Life is a Rock (but the writer emailed me!)

I made a fun video for a one-hit-wonder Reunion from 1973. A song called “Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me”. I loved this song as a kid as did my older brothers.

I was quite surprised when I received this email from the lyricist:

Dear Dude,
I gotta tell you, your video of “Life Is A Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)” Is the funniest thing in the world.
I am honored and impressed. And touched…
I forwarded a link to Paul diFranco the composer, and he agrees wholeheartedly that the video is absolutely wonderful.
All best regards,
Norman Dolph

What an awesome feeling!! If you haven’t seen the video (or, ya just GOTTA SEE IT AGAIN!) here it is….


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The Who perform Quadrophenia live in Nashville!

I guess I never posted the link to this incredible show!! Holy mama! SMOKIN’!!! I filmed over an hour-and-a-half from the 5th row!

Sounds great on vinyl!!

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Beatles official TheDailyVinyl music videos

Here are the vinyl videos I’ve made featuring THE BEATLES!

And now a little reading material fer ya….

Kindle version…

And here’s the remastered vinyl collection:

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Bruce Springsteen, Nashville, April 17, 2014

Here’s my footage from seeing “The Boss” at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. He performed a great version of Rolling Stones classic “Satisfaction.” I have over 2 hours of the show in the following playlist:

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YES at The Ryman July 28 2014

I had the honor of seeing YES at The Ryman in Nashville last month. They performed 2 albums in their entirety: Close to the Edge and Fragile. They also played 2 songs from their new album Heaven & Earth plus “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “Starship Trooper.”

Here’s the footage I filmed and uploaded to YouTube. It’s nearly 2 hours. I only missed “The Fish” and “Mood For a Day”.

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Album review: Heaven & Earth by YES (2014)

YES has a new album called Heaven & Earth. First off, let’s discuss the elephant in the room. Jon Anderson is not on this record (as in the previous effort, Fly From Here). This fact will immediately send many life-long YES fans into a whirling dervish of fists and elbows to tear it down. (“It’s not YES without Jon Anderson!”) And while it’s sad that he is not involved, it must be noted that Mr. Anderson had previous quit the band TWICE (1980 and 1989). So, let’s believe that Jon is truly happier as a solo artist and the band is best served moving forward with their new lead singer (also named Jon!) Jon Davison.

Oh look… another elephant in the room: YES cannot make another record on the level of The Yes Album, Fragile or Close to the Edge. It is impossible. So there will be no comparisons to that glorious tri-fecta that occurred in the magical years of 1971-1972. If one is to compare this record to anything, it should be to other bands with members in their mid-to-late-60’s, say Asia.

Heaven & Earth (named for the Roger Dean artwork of the same title) contains 8 songs. Seven are written or co-written by Jon Davison, who captures Jon Anderson’s “unique” sound so accurately, it’s a little strange. (How can they both have an identical and unique singing voice???) Although sometimes in the lower register, he sounds a bit like the lead singer in 1980, Trevor Horn. In fact, on the 1980 album “Drama” we find the only line-up difference is in the lead singer role (again, as in Fly From Here).

The opener, “Believe Again,” is an 8 minute mid-tempo song that incorporates a dark  Steve Howe solo in the middle before returning to its predominantly uplifting mood, singing about believing in love. During one’s first listening, you’ll be wondering, “is this the strongest, most energetic offering?”  If so, we might be in for a long haul or a good nap (which this writer did indeed have while listening.)

But we’re going to look at the album as a whole and this writer has listened in its entirety 3 times (awake).

“The Game” is a bit peppier and clocks in at nearly 7 minutes. There’s an undeniable light-weight-ness to the track. Again, we cannot compare it to the early cannon material; so, on its own it is pleasant enough.

I consider the third track “Step Beyond” as the weakest on the album. The tune, written by Davison and Howe, does benefit from the minor chord change in the pre-chorus, but I found it a bit too 80′s pop (and not in the 90125 Rock kind of way).

“To Ascend” has a rare co-writing credit to drummer Alan White. A ballad in 3/4-time with a driving 6/8 swing in the chorus. The song is well written and could receive decent airplay on AOR stations. The best song at this point.

The Davison/Chris Squire song “In a World of Our Own” is a very enjoyable track. It contains a feel never associated with YES; a mid-tempo shuffle similar to “Now She Knows She’s Wrong” by Jellyfish or The Beatles’ “Penny Lane.” The bridge section contains some tricky rhythmic playing. Might be the first true Prog-rock section of the album. At this point, the record seems to be getting better all the time (Beatles reference intentional.)

“Light of the Ages” is the first YES song written solely by Jon Davison. It begins with the what-must-by-patented-by-now Steve Howe guitar sound and some marching snare drum fills by White. Another good song adorned with Geoff Downes piano playing and more tricky rhythms. At the 4 minute mark, the tune shifts to an uplifting 3/4 swing. The song is also a slower tempo one that has clearly defined the album as a whole. But it’s a strong 7 & 1/2-minutes. I’d imagine if this was performed live while pushing the tempo a little, it could come across quite well.

The 7th song, “It Was All We Knew” was written by Steve Howe. The tempo has been picked-up to mid-tempo. It’s alright and helps to lighten the feel.

The final and longest song of the album is also its strongest. “Subway Walls” is co-written by keyboardist Geoff Downes and Jon Davison. It’s got lyrics like the word “existential” – so, it’s gotta be considered Prog-rock, right? Strong bass lines and lots of Chris Squire harmonies make this probably the truest-YES-like. There’s a funky li’l bass solo in the exact middle of the song. The instrumental break is an odd time signature that builds adding just the drums, then solos on keys and guitar; somewhat reminiscent of “Safe (Canon Song)” on Chris Squire’s solo album Fish Out of Water. It builds and breaks open into the final climax. The last 4.5 minutes are the finest on the whole record and leaves you wishing it was a couple minutes longer.

It accomplishes its goal leaving the listener with a feeling that this incarnation of YES is good on its own merit.

It’s hard to say who will enjoy this record, but it is recommended that one plays Fly From Here alongside Heaven & Earth to give the listener proper context for this current evolution of YES. Keep an open-mind, let the past-be-the-past, listen a few times, and one will find it is a fine record top-to-bottom.

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Bruce Springsteen Nashville April 17, 2014. A new fan’s perspective.

I’ll admit, I was not born to love Bruce. My musical tastes lie in the realms of melodically-driven men like Lennon/McCartney, or the always surprising concoctions created by beloved progressive rock bands. Almost all of my favorite artists are Brits. I can’t even think of a US artist I consider an “all-time favorite”.   And here is Bruce Springsteen… champion of the working class hero, defender of the flag of freedom, sexy rocker that makes my wife’s pulse race.

I’ve bought the whole Bruce collection on vinyl — like I do — and have slowly developed an appreciation, one song at a time. The first song I totally dug was “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” then “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” then the live versions of “It’s Hard to be Saint in the City” & Spirit in the Night” “then I found The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle

So, next thing I know I’m buying a cheap ticket and bringing my camera, doing the think I love to do.  So here’s the Bruce Springsteen collection I filmed from his Nashville show on April 17, 2014 at the Bridgestone Arena:

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Led Zeppelin remasters on vinyl… VINALLY!




After endless speculation fueled by former guitarist Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin and Atlantic/Swan Song today announced the first wave in a new reissue campaign from one of the world’s most acclaimed rock bands.

Starting on June 3, with the first three Led Zeppelin albums from 1969-1970 – all self-titled, with Roman numerals appended to each “sequel” – Page has overseen remastered and expanded versions of each of the band’s albums, all featuring a disc’s worth of unreleased vault content, including studio outtakes, alternate mixes, live cuts and a few entirely unheard songs. In a statement, Page called these bonus discs “a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin.”

Each album will be available in multiple formats:

  • 1CD remaster in gatefold card wallet
  • 2CD Deluxe Edition
  • 1LP remaster on 180-gram vinyl with packaging “that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail (For example, III will feature the original wheel and die cut holes.)”
  • 2LP Deluxe Edition (3LP for the first album) featuring the same contents of the 2CD Deluxe Editions
  • Super Deluxe Box Sets featuring the Deluxe Edition contents on CD and LP, a 96kHz/24-bit audio download card (the live tracks on the first album will be in 48kHz/24-bit audio), 70+ hardback book with liner notes and photos, a high-quality print of the original album cover (the first 30,000 of each album will be numbered) and, in the Led Zeppelin box, a replica of the band’s original press kit

Led Zeppelin: Deluxe Edition (Atlantic/Swan Song, 2014)


Disc 1: Original album (released as Atlantic 588171 (U.K.)/SD-8216 (U.S.), 1969)

  1. Good Times Bad Times
  2. Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
  3. You Shook Me
  4. Dazed and Confused
  5. Your Time is Gonna Come
  6. Black Mountain Side
  7. Communication Breakdown
  8. I Can’t Quit You Baby
  9. How Many More Times

Disc 2: Live @ The Olympia, Paris – 10/10/1969 (previously unreleased)

  1. Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown
  2. I Can’t Quit You Baby
  3. Heartbreaker
  4. Dazed and Confused
  5. White Summer/Black Mountain Side
  6. You Shook Me
  7. Moby Dick
  8. How Many More Times

Led Zeppelin II: Deluxe Edition (Atlantic/Swan Song, 2014)

Disc 1: Original album (released as Atlantic 588198 (U.K.)/SD-8236, 1969)

  1. Whole Lotta Love
  2. What Is and What Should Never Be
  3. The Lemon Song
  4. Thank You
  5. Heartbreaker
  6. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)
  7. Ramble On
  8. Moby Dick

Disc 2: Companion audio disc (previously unreleased)

  1. Whole Lotta Love (Alternate Mix)
  2. What Is and What Should Never Be (Alternate Mix)
  3. Thank You (Backing Track)
  4. Heartbreaker (Alternate Mix)
  5. Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman) (Backing Track)
  6. Ramble On (Alternate Mix)
  7. Moby Dick (Alternate Mix)
  8. La La (previously unreleased song)

Led Zeppelin III: Deluxe Edition (Atlantic/Swan Song, 2014)

Disc 1: Original album (released as Atlantic 2401002 (U.K.)/SD-7201 (U.S.), 1970)

  1. Immigrant Song
  2. Friends
  3. Celebration Day
  4. Since I’ve Been Loving You
  5. Out on the Tiles
  6. Gallows Pole
  7. Tangerine
  8. That’s the Way
  9. Bron-Y-Aur Stomp
  10. Hats Off to (Roy) Harper

Disc 2: Companion audio disc (previously unreleased)

  1. Immigrant Song (Outtake)
  2. Friends (Outtake)
  3. Celebration Day (Outtake)
  4. Since I’ve Been Loving You (Outtake)
  5. Bathroom Sound (Instrumental Version of “Out on the Tiles”)
  6. Gallows Pole (Outtake)
  7. That’s the Way (Outtake)
  8. Jennings Farm Blues (Instrumental Version of “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp”)
  9. Keys to the Highway/Trouble in Mind


1 LP versions:
2 or 3 LP versions:

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Hey Vinyl fans! I realize it’s been awhile since I posted…

… but I have been uploading some things to my YouTube channels:


for instance, I interviewed the drummer for the fabulous The Wood Brothers and we listened to their masterpiece “Atlas” from the recent live double-album. Check out the brief interview and enjoy the song:


But I guess most of my activity this year has been on the Live page. I finally completed editing and uploading the super-sexy & talented Kimbra from New Zealand (you may know her from the Grammy Award winning hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” with Gotye.)

Here’s the 1/2-hour I filmed from her Ypsilanti concert at Michigan State University:


For the Classic Rock lover (that’s ME!) I also filmed The Who in Nashville. I captured the whole show from the 5th row, but so far I’ve only uploaded the “Quadrophenia” section (over an hour & a half!):


Another fun show I caught this year was The Psychedelic Furs and Spacehog:


To see the list of all the concerts I’ve ever attended, check out Setlist.fm. I love that site. It’s so cool to track all the shows you’ve been to. If you setup an account and post a link, I will totally be thrilled & check it out!!

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Here’s what I want!

Um… so many cool things out there. I want this:

and this:

and this:

while I’m dreaming… this too:

I do have this one on vinyl but not this box set!

Ok, day dream over. Time for bed.

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Record Store Day 2013, Nashville, Third Man Records, Grimey’s, The Groove

Here’s what I did on Record Store Day, 2013.

I interviewed people standing waiting to get it. Some camped out over night. I caught a few artists performing and even visited the place where the vinyl is pressed into a record!

ENJOY installment #3 of “The Daily Vinyl Presents: Off The Record with The Daily Vinyl”

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Ringo at the Ryman

I was honored to get to sit in the production truck while this was being filmed! At least for a couple songs. Saw Ringo sing “Boys” and “Yellow Submarine” from the multi-cam monitor. Totally awesome. And now HERE IT IS!

Are you going to buy this?

Also, in case you didn’t my earlier post, this just happened to be on my & his birthday! Earlier that day, (July 7, 2012). Ringo was at the Hard Rock in downtown Nashville to celebrate his birthday and do his annual “Peace & Love” wish for the world. I filmed the whole event and edited it down to this 4:32 video. It includes a spontaneous rendition of “Give Peace A Chance”. Also, I was holding up a sign that said “It’s My Birthday Too, YEAH!” He pointed to it and read the sign aloud… and wished ME a “Happy Birthday, Brother!”!

YEAH! I got wished a “happy birthday” by a Beatle!!

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The Basics (Gotye) – So Hard For You (demo) – Leftovers (TheDailyVinyl official music video #56)

You may remember the artist Gotye. He, uh, got naked with a hot chick while their bodies got painted and then reminisced about Somebody That They Used to Know. Well, his real name is Wally De Backer and Gotye is his solo project. His rock ‘n’ roll band is called The Basics. He’s the drummer & part-time singer with co-founder and co-writer Kris Schroeder & guitarist Tim Heath.

The band has released 3 full-length studio albums, a live record several EPs, and has just released 2 compilations, one of favorites (“Ingredients”) and one consisting of demos, live bits and alternate mixes called “Leftovers”.

I pre-ordered my vinyl copy from http://www.waterfrontrecords.com/artist/13264 and got it on March 1, 2013.
Join me (and Bronte) checking out the first track for the first time. Spoiler alert – it’s AWESOME!
While the vinyl contains 13 tracks, the album also comes with a download card for 38 songs!!! SWEET!
Check it out.

Oh, and check out www.TheDailyVinyl.com as well as my other YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/TheDailyVinylLIVE.

From the last Basics-related recording session, Kris Schroeder had initially intended for the recording of “So Hard For You” and “A Night Inside Your Mind” to be used as demos to ‘sell’ to other artists. With the recording of his solo EP Patience in the Face of Control, these recordings were shelved and have never been released (let alone heard by anyone outside of the band.) Though Kris insists the song was written about the uneven relationship between celebrities and their entourage, there have been suggestions that the real meaning could be closer to home and involving someone close, thought this has never been substantiated.

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Vinyl Hunting: Finding Rare and Imported Releases

Vinyl Hunting: Finding Rare and Imported Releases
by guest blogger Jason Kane

Many audiophiles devote a lot of time to searching for imported releases. It’s a popular pastime, and some rare musical treats will only be found on records from other countries. While there’s a decent market for foreign rock groups and the like, British bands are usually the most familiar to North American music fans. There are numerous American and Canadian groups that received record releases in Europe and Asia. Fans of reggae are certainly going to want to check out the world of Jamaican releases. Some fans even like to see the special releases that came out on French language labels in Quebec.

European Vinyl

Believe it or not, many European albums featuring American and Canadian recording artists will have sleeves in English. Only the record label and some other myriad details will have changed. That being said, that doesn’t mean that these records aren’t worth anything. They can often fetch a good price at auction or in antique stores. Of course, that also means that buyers might have to spend some time shopping around to find the right price.

Once in a while, it’s possible to find a rare track on one of these that might not have had a stateside release. Entire volumes have been written on the differences between Beatles albums in the USA and the UK. There’s an entire period where Britain experienced a revival of the blues not seen in America. Skiffle, which is closely related to the country and western style, might be interesting for some collectors too.

Asian and Australian Record Collecting

While most westerners know JVC for their recording equipment, the company started a revolution in Japan. Japan Victor Company was actually a record label at one point, and interested parties can find many releases that parallel those of their parent American firm, the Victor Talking Machine Company. That being said, the Victor Entertainment brand is more associated with record releases there today. Once again, numerous records from the Far East and Australia may interest collectors. Soundtracks are usually particularly popular, but no one should miss a chance to nab a rare foreign pop album.

Spotting Bootlegs

Unfortunately, it’s so easy to get fooled by a good bootleg recording. No one really wants one of these, though some people feel that they might be collector’s items in their own right. Nevertheless, it’s best to avoid them. Pay attention for any labels that look dull or have rampant misspellings on them. Unofficial record companies seldom invest in good equipment, and they often employ people who aren’t native English speakers.

About the author:
Jason Kane writes about vinyl albums and audio equipment. In his spare time Jason likes going to car shows and listening to his Beatles vinyl collection.

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Review: Heart – Fanatic (vinyl LP)

HEART – FANATIC (October 2012)
Judging by the cover and the fact it was pressed to vinyl, I was hoping the new HEART record Fanatic would live up to to my expectation. Would this be a HEART record that rocked?

Fanatic – Title track did not let me down. Not at all over-produced. Vocals and guitar right up front. Drums lay down a solid groove.

Dear Old America – A bouncy rocker with strings with a decidedly Mellotron-style arrangement. (you don’t get more 70′s that using a Mellotron.)

Walkin’ Good – bust out the acoustic and bring down the tempo. Interestingly, the energy is not gone. Strong melody and harmonies on the pre-chorus and chorus. Reminds me of Aimee Mann (one of my favorites). Well, maybe it reminds me of Sarah McLachlan who is featured on the song. That makes sense.

Skin and Bones – A groovy, driving number. When the guitars kick in after the 1st verse, it totally kicked me in the face. Great tune!

Million Miles – Starts off with computerized drum & guitar loop. So far, the most “produced” track. And then the band kicks in on the chorus. It’s a smart blend of the technical & distortion. A great rocker.

Pennsylvania - Time to chill after having socks rocked off. I find the eerie backing bgvs the most interesting.

Mashallah - Yeah, this is a cool, driving tune! When Ann belts out “Mashallah!” swiming in echo… I got chill bumps.

Rock Deep (Vancouver) – a true ballad. I would be tempted to skip… except that it’s really good. The build up was strong enough to make me wish it wasn’t ending.

59 Crunch – “Crunch” is an appropriate word to describe the guitar that kicks off another rocker.

Corduroy Road – A nice way to end a very strong record. Nothing weak here. I love the string arrangement in the chorus, bridge and the ending. Nice dynamics. Again, I would’ve been totally happy if this song was longer and built even bigger. I would’ve loved to hear them go crazy on it. But I bet they save that for the live show.

I confess that, while I have appreciated the HEART of the 70′s, I have note immersed myself into them. Partly because I was more familiar with their 80′s material. Which was appropriate for the music of the day, but it didn’t turn me on. I can say, without reservation, I am a fan of “Fanatic” from start-to-finish! It makes me want to delve into their discography now and see what I’ve been missing all these years. And the vinyl sounds fantastic! It sounded so big. But it also includes an MP3 code so you can take the rock ‘n’ roll with you. Then there’s the performance of the Wilson sisters – wow! I believe they could keep their sound strong for a couple more decades. So, rock on, ladies, rock the f* on! I will be paying attention now.

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Gotye complete concert

I finally uploaded all the videos from when Gotye performed at Pease Auditorium in Ypsilanti (near Ann Arbor), Michigan.

Gotye is definitely one of the coolest dudes out there. Hope you can catch him on tour. In the meantime… enjoy this complete show:


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Ringo Starr 72nd birthday, Nashville TN 07-07-12, Give Peace a Chance, Peace and Love

July 7, 2012. Ringo Starr was in Nashville to celebrate his birthday and do his annual “Peace & Love” wish for the world. I filmed the whole event and edited it down to this 4:32 video. ENJOY!

It includes a spontaneous rendition of “Give Peace A Chance”. Also, I was holding up a sign that said “It’s My Birthday Too, YEAH!” and he read the sign and wished ME a “Happy Birthday, Brother!”

And it’s all on video!!!!

Update: He performed at the legendary Ryman Auditorium later that day. That show is being released on DVD

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Life Is A Rock But The Radio Rolled Me – Reunion (The Daily Vinyl music video #54)

This video was SO much fun to produce! I think it comes across. PLEASE enjoy & share if you like!

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