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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Second Chance Prom

Mooky, my uncle and aunties girl kitty, could be my date! It's been done, though.  She's not far from that kid from the makeup company.
Not strictly music-related but for a bit of a change I'd like to announce the Second Chance Prom.  I explain more there in the link.  I'm also awaiting responses from a couple syndicated advice columnists.  Just feeling a little green eyed seeing the kids get dolled up for the big night.  Might have it at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown (formerly the historical Hotel Syracuse) as their grand reopening occurs too late for the regular prom season so it'd be in the fall but not on a Saturday due to a solid season of wedding receptions though several area proms such as West Genesee were held in the ballroom in the past over the previous few generations and new ones can now have theirs in there.

UPDATE: Found something across town.  We'll see how we get on.  Money for a limo wouldn't hurt though.  Then again I found an article about youngsters in Brooklyn from CW 11 WPIX who want one that have it worse than we might so they deserve a few bob much more than I do.  I wanna put a link to the story but the seasonal nature of proms may not give these kids much time to set up.  God bless them however.

UPDATE II: Yet another one found even though I'd have to get a bus there and get a cab if not the hotel shuttle home.  Also not sure if the DJs set list will be Mary Whitehouse approved to put it that way.  Still it's less expensive when someone else has it as I have no experience running my own event.  Money raised now could just pay for transport for me and other people without a lift.

UPDATE III: Found another one that's two counties away yet it's not that easy to get into.  Watching Family Guy gave me the idea of a second chance homecoming which is sorta close but a different animal (the UK has Old Boys Day but that's not quite the same).  Not sure if any school I went to would have this now and if so I could go so there's another niche to fill that isn't done often so I could make that a thing.  More as this develops.

UPDATE IV: The Marriott have one now but I'll have to wait until next year.  I might just have this in an area where such a thing isn't planned and/or the closest one is out of town.  More to come.
A prom themed birthday party is not unheard of but mine's in August past prime prom period and it's too hot to be overdressed.

UPDATE V: Singers (the one from the first update last year) might take a hiatus with theirs just as Glastonbury shall next year so I'll have to shell out on downtown and/or Oswego or create my own that people can afford.  It will be black tie on a budget!  I would now have a reason for a gofundme but these kids in Idaho with sod all have one up and they deserve it far more than I do!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Yes - Like It Is (3) Live at...

Yes 2011
Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White; 2011.

I haven't posted in a period but I'm back now with something now that's there something to write about after getting writers block here and TV Quick USA while NY Retail Roundup seldom runs out of ideas.  This is why some people just have one blog!  This is supposed to be the flagship too.
The loss of Chris Squire this past year left Yes without any original members still in the band (Peter Banks passed a couple years before, and their surviving former colleagues Jon Anderson, Tony Kaye and Bill Bruford have all left the band more than once already).  Billy Sherwood was selected by Squire himself to come back and take over on bass.  Many have slated Yes for carrying on in this manner and the fandom are torn as they have been for almost a decade since Anderson last left again.
There have been two volumes of the live release Like It Is from their current label Frontiers who fill the void of not having even existed yet in the old days to have signed the bands by releasing live albums from Yes, Asia (Geoff Downes does double duty while Steve Howe will focus on Yes and solo from here on out), Def Leppard and others.  Yes' 1971-72 and 1977 albums were revisited and the next tour will do the same for 1973 and 1980.  Half of Tales of Topographic Oceans and all of  Drama plus encores are being planned for this year and I would hope there would be an official album and DVD dedicated to Squires memory (the last one was already prepared by the time he had gone).  It'd be too easy to just get a bootleg and with more security at shows one would be lucky to sneak in a quick video on a mobile phone and I wouldn't dare do such a thing; also, I'm no Wayne Isham or Bob Clearmountain so I can't do a proper job anyway).  If they decide to have a go, then I hope they will come to the new amphitheatre across town to tape and film as the Grandstand where several past lineups have played across the street sadly went the way of the Rainbow and Marquee.  Now Roger Dean has to paint a new cover as only he can.  More on this in due time.