What happened Comrade Putin?

Dear Comrade Putin,

What happened? You tell your people that Ukraine is nearly defeated. You tell the citizens of Mother Russia that Ukraine is only popular in the west.

But I was watching the Eurovision Song contest last night and I noticed this strange thing. Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. It did get votes from all European countries

The same Russian threat actors that this week targeted Italian parliamentary and military websites and threatened to disrupt U.K. National Health Service (NHS) services, could now have the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 final in their crosshairs.

The Killnet threat group had threatened to “send 10 billion requests” to the Eurovision online voting system and “add votes to some other country.” But even that didn’t happen, although there were some glitches in the transmission of some countries which have some loyalties to Russia, like Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Comrade Putin maybe you haven’t heard and seen the winning song, so here it is, especially for you.

Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder, original name Steveland Judkins or Steveland Morris, (born May 13, 1950, Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.), American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, a child prodigy who developed into one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century.

Blind from birth and raised in inner-city Detroit, he was a skilled musician by age eight. Renamed Little Stevie Wonder by Berry Gordy, Jr., the president of Motown Records—to whom he was introduced by Ronnie White, a member of the Miracles—Wonder made his recording debut at age 12.

He has won 25 Grammy Awards, as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. He is one of only two artists and groups who have won the Grammy for Album of the Year three times as the main credited artist, along with Frank Sinatra. Wonder is the only artist to have won the award with three consecutive album releases.

The execution of Hans Bonarewitz

The saying goes “Music can soothe the savage beast”, but what if it is the savage beast that is using the music as a cynical form of evil and torture.

In July 1942 Hans Bonarewitz attempted to escape from Mauthausen concentration camp, he tried to hide in a box. He was captured on July 30 1942.The picture above is him forced to pose for a photograph standing next to the box he wanted to escape in.

He was going to be executed, but rather then just killing him he was paraded though the camp, as if he was some circus attraction.

He was led to the gallows on a makeshift cart pulled by fellow inmates.The camp orchestra had to continuously play the song ” J’attendrai ton retour” – I shall wait for your return.

Another song, the traditional German children’s song “Alle Vögel sind schon da” – All the birds are back again,” was played immediately before execution. It was just evil on top of evil just for the sake of being evil and nothing else. How disgusted the musicians must have been, being forced to do this.

The information was discovered by Aitor Fernandádez-Pacheco,film maker of the documentary film “Mauthausen, una mirada Española,” who interviewed the former Spanish prisoner Mario Constante for his documentary.






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Happy Birthday Burt Bacharach.

Burt Bacharach is one of the must influential composers of popular music, of the 20th century.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri on 12th May 1928, Burt Bacharach grew up in Forest Hills, an upper middle suburb of New York City. Although Bacharach began taking piano lessons at the age of eight, his musical breakthrough came at fifteen years old when he began sneaking into Manhattan’s jazz clubs to see both Dizzy Gillespie and the Count Basie Band perform.

His music is characterized by unusual chord progressions, influenced by his background in jazz harmony, and uncommon selections of instruments for small orchestras. Most of Bacharach’s and David’s hits were written specifically for and performed by Dionne Warwick, but earlier associations (from 1957 to 1963) saw the composing duo work with Marty Robbins, Perry Como, Gene McDaniels, and Jerry Butler. Following the initial success of these collaborations, Bacharach went on to write hits for Gene Pitney, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Jackie DeShannon, Bobbie Gentry, Tom Jones, Herb Alpert, B. J. Thomas, the Carpenters, among numerous other artists. He arranged, conducted, and produced much of his recorded output.

A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, Bacharach’s songs have been recorded by more than 1,000 different artists. As of 2014, he had written 73 US and 52 UK Top 40 hits.

Today he is celebrating his 94th birthday.

This is just one of his many songs he co wrote with Carole Bayer Sager



Happy Birthday Ian Dury

Ian Robins Dury was born in Harrow, West London on 12th May, 1942. His mother, Margaret “Peggy” Walker, was a health visitor and his father, William “Bill” Dury, was a bus driver and chauffeur. Married in 1939, his parents separated after the end of the Second World War and Ian and his mother relocated to Cranham in Essex to live with Peggy’s two sisters Elisabeth and Mary, and Ian’s cousins Martin and Lucy.

At the age of seven, he contracted polio during the 1949 polio epidemic. In 1964 he studied art at the Royal College of Art under British artist Peter Blake, and from 1967 he taught art at various colleges in the south of UK.

He rose to fame during the late 1970s, during the punk and new wave era of rock music. He was the lead singer of Ian Dury and the Blockheads and before that of Kilburn and the High Roads.

Dury was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 1996 and underwent surgery, but tumours were later found in his liver, and he was told that his condition was terminal. Upon learning of his illness.

In 1998, his death was incorrectly announced on XFM radio by Bob Geldof, possibly due to hoax information from a listener. He did eventually die of metastatic colorectal cancer on 27 March 2000, aged 57.

Happy Birthday Ian, I hope you are having a great party in Rock Heaven.

In 1984 he also appeared in the video of Roger Daltrey’s ‘Walking in my sleep’

Savatage-Gutter Ballet, a forgotten classic.

Savatage must be the most underrated Metal band, why, I just don’t understand?

Gutter Ballet is the fifth full-length album produced by the American progressive metal band Savatage. This was the second album created under the direction of producer Paul O’Neill and was initially released in December 1, 1989. But I am only focusing on the title track which is a true classic , but I can’t remember ever hearing it on any radio station.

“Another sleepless night
A concrete paradise
Sirens screaming in the heat
Neon cuts the eye
As the jester sighs
At the world beneath his feet
It¹s a gutter ballet
Just a menagerie
Still the orchestra plays
On a dark and lonely night
To a distant fading light
Balanced on their knives
Little parts of lives
Such a strange reality
Kill the unicorn
Just to have its horn
Soon he¹s just a fantasy
It¹s a gutter ballet
Just a menagerie
Still the orchestra plays
On a dark and lonely night
To a distant fading light
The jester takes his bows
Slips into the crowd
As the actors fade away
Another death to mourn
Another child is born
Another chapter in the play
It¹s a gutter ballet
Just a menagerie
Still the orchestra plays
On a dark and lonely night
To a distant fading light”



How did Michael Hutchence die?

Before I go into the story of Michael Hutchence, I have to advise that this blog does contain some erotic imagery, The imagery is meant to illustrate some acts. It will become clear why I am using this later in the blog.

Michael K Hutchence was an Australian musician, singer-songwriter and actor. He co-founded the rock band INXS, which sold over 75 million records worldwide and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2001. He was the lead singer and lyricist of INXS from 1977 until his death.

On the morning of 22 November 1997, Hutchence was found dead in his hotel room in Sydney. His death was reported by the New South Wales Coroner to be the result of suicide by hanging.

As vocalist for the very popular rock band INXS, He was ideally-situated to indulge in sexual thrill-seeking and, by most accounts, he applied himself with a diligence well beyond that of the mere dilettante. “Twosomes, threesomes, foursomes, hidden cameras – Michael was into all that,” according to his friend, Nick Egan. How about sado-masochism, choking and tieing-up? “Yeah, yeah, he did everything,” said his lover, Paula Yates.

Many people have judged him for that behaviour, but there is nothing to indicate that this was not consensual.

Not an actual picture of Michael Hutchence, this is just to illustrate one of the acts he indulged in.

His death was initially believed to have been a sex act that went wrong, although it may have contributed to it, there were several other factors.

In August 1992, Hutchence and his then girlfriend Helena Christensen were riding their bikes at night on a street in Copenhagen when he refused to move for a taxi. The taxi driver then assaulted him, causing Michael to fall backwards and hit his head on the roadway. He suffered a fractured skull in the altercation. He did not immediately seek medical assistance for the injury, instead he waited several days before seeing a doctor. As a result, his fractured skull left him with an almost complete loss of the sense of smell and significant loss of taste. And left him with two large areas of permanent damage.

This injury led to periods of depression and increased levels of aggression; he had not fully recovered after two weeks in a Copenhagen hospital. According to INXS bandmate Beers, Hutchence brandished a knife and threatened to kill him during the 1993 recording of Full Moon, Dirty Hearts on the isle of Capri. Beers recalled, “Over those six weeks, Michael threatened or physically confronted nearly every member of the band.

Filmmaker Richard Lowenstein who made a documentary about Michael said

“One of the biggest tragedies is that because he was a rock star, people just associate those things with rock star-type behaviour.He’d burst into tears and say, ‘It’s all about taste and smell that I’m so depressed… If I have a baby, I won’t be able to smell my own child.'”

On 22 July 1996, Yates gave birth to her daughter with Hutchence, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence.

Another thing that greatly effected him was At the 1996 Brit Awards, Noel Gallagher from Oasis said about Michael Hutchence ,after Michael had presented them with an award ” A fucking has-been should not give an award to a gonna be” in front of the whole world. This was totally uncalled for.

Hutchence was found dead in Room 524 of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Double Bay, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on the Saturday morning of November 22, 1997.

The 37-year-old, who had checked into the hotel four days earlier under the name ‘Mr Murray River’, appeared to have hanged himself with his snake skin belt.

A post-mortem examination found alcohol, cocaine, codeine, Prozac, Valium and other prescribed benzodiazepines – or ‘benzos’ – in Hutchence’s urine and blood. He left no suicide note.

In the hours before his death Hutchence had spoken by telephone to Yates, the former wife of Boomtown Rats lead singer and Live Aid planner Bob Geldof, and to Geldof himself.

Hutchence had been hoping Yates would visit Australia with their 16-month-old daughter Tiger Lily and two of her three daughters with Geldof, ahead of the last leg of an INXS world tour. But Paula Yates decided to stay in London.

Yates and Geldof were embroiled in a bitter custody dispute and Hutchence learnt on the morning of the 22nd of November 1997,the children would not be coming out. That meant Yates would not be coming either.The night before his death Hutchence shared dinner with his father Kel.

Between 11pm and 5am the next day he was with his onetime lover, actor Kym Wilson, and her then boyfriend Andrew Rayment at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The trio drank vodka, beer, champagne and cocktails during the night.

Hutchence was apparently upset when he spoke to another former girlfriend, Michele Bennett, at 9.54am. Ms Bennett went to the hotel but could not rouse him by telephone or knocking on his door.

A maid found Hutchence dead behind his room door at 11.50am. Less than three months later, the police case was closed.

Michael and his dad Kel

So many people have been so judgmental , claiming he was a sexual deviant and that his death was caused by being kinky.

The official verdict of the New South Wales coroner Derrick Hand is that the singer committed suicide. However, others say that the death Of Michael Hutchence was caused by a bout of “autoerotic asphyxiation” which resulted in the singer accidentally strangling himself.

I tend to believe the suicide verdict. Michael never recovered from the assault, he was mocked by fellow musicians and he had a feeling he would not see his child again. Which clearly led to depression




Hear ‘N’ Aid- Stars

We all know ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’ by Band Aid and we all know ‘We are the World’ by USA for Africa.

But the one genuinely great charity song is so often forgotten ‘Stars’ by Hear ‘N’ Aid. These were the people involved in it:

Lead Vocals
Eric Bloom (Blue Öyster Cult)
Ronnie James Dio (Dio)
Don Dokken (Dokken)
Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)
Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt)
Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)

Backing Vocals
Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne)
Dave Alford (Rough Cutt)
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/King Kobra)
Vinny Appice (Dio)
Jimmy Bain (Dio)
Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)
Mick Brown (Dokken)
Vivian Campbell (Dio)
Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
Amir Derakh (Rough Cutt)
Buck Dharma (Blue Öyster Cult)
Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
Craig Goldy (Giuffria)
Chris Hager (Rough Cutt)
Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.)
Blackie Lawless (W.A.S.P.)
George Lynch (Dokken)
Yngwie Malmsteen
Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe)
Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap)
Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe)
Ted Nugent
Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
Jeff Pilson (Dokken)
Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot)
Claude Schnell (Dio)
Neal Schon (Journey)
Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap)
Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge)
Matt Thorr (Rough Cutt)

Lead Guitar Solos
Vivian Campbell (Dio)
Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
Buck Dharma (Blue Öyster Cult)
Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
Craig Goldy (Giuffria)
George Lynch (Dokken)
Yngwie Malmsteen
Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
Neal Schon (Journey)

Rhythm Guitar Melody Lines
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden)
Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)

Jimmy Bain (Dio)

Vinny Appice (Dio)
Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)

Claude Schnell (Dio}

[Intro: Ronnie James Dio]
Who cries for the children? I do…

[Verse 1]
Dave Meniketti (Y&T):
Sometime in the night, when you’re feeling the cold
Ronnie James Dio:
Take a look at the sky above you
Rob Halford (Judas Priest):
Those are faces in the light, if the story were told
Ronnie James Dio:
They are calling you, calling you

[Pre-Chorus 1]
We are magic in the night
Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot):
We are shadow, we are light
Dave Meniketti:
We are forever you and I
[Chorus (vocal lead: Rob Halford)]
We’re stars
We’re stars

[Verse 2]
Eric Bloom (Blue Öyster Cult):
We can be strong, we are fire and stone
Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt):
And we all want to touch a rainbow
Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche):
But singers and songs will never change it alone
We are calling you, calling you

[Pre-Chorus 2]
Don Dokken (Dokken):
We’re the beating of a heart
The beginning we’re the start
Paul Shortino:
Forever we will shine

[Chorus (vocal leads: Paul Shortino, Don Dokken, Ronnie James Dio, Geoff Tate)]
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re stars
[Guitar solos]
1st solo: Craig Goldie/Eddie Ojeda
2nd solo: Vivian Campbell/Brad Gillis
3rd solo: Neal Schon/George Lynch
4th solo: Yngwie Malmsteen/Vivian Campbell
5th solo: George Lynch/Carlos Cavazo
6th solo: Brad Gillis/Craig Goldie/Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser

[Pre-Chorus 3]
Kevin DuBrow:
We are magic in the night
Rob Halford:
We are shadow, we are light
Geoff Tate:
We are forever you and I

[Chorus (vocal leads: Dave Meniketti, Eric Bloom, Rob Halford)]
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re stars

[Outro Chorus]
We’re stars, yeah
We’re stars
We are shadow, we are light
We’re stars
We are magic in the night
We’re stars, oh yeah
We’re stars
We’re stars
We are magic in the night
We’re stars
We are shadow, we are light
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re the magic
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re the beating of a heart

We’re stars
Forever we will shine
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re stars

The song still gives me the goosebumps every time I hear it.



Stairway to Heaven vs Highway to Hell

Stairway to Heaven

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven
There’s a sign on the wall, but she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven
You know
There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking
That’s you
And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter
Remember laughter?
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah…
And it makes me wonder
If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on
Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know
The piper’s calling you to join him
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?
And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all is one and one is all, that’s what it is
To be a rock and not to roll, oh yeah
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Robert Plant / James Patrick Page
Stairway to Heaven lyrics © Flames Of Albion Music, Inc.

Highway To Hell

Livin’ easy
Lovin’ free
Season ticket on a one way ride
Askin’ nothin’
Leave me be
Takin’ everythin’ in my stride
Don’t need reason
Don’t need rhyme
Ain’t nothin’ that I’d rather do
Goin’ down
Party time
My friends are gonna be there too
I’m on the highway to hell
On the highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell
No stop signs
Speed limit
Nobody’s gonna slow me down
Like a wheel
Gonna spin it
Nobody’s gonna mess me around
Hey satan
Payin’ my dues
Playin’ in a rockin’ band
Hey mumma
Look at me
I’m on the way to the promised land
I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell
Don’t stop me
I’m on the highway to hell
On the highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell
(Highway to hell) I’m on the highway to hell
(Highway to hell) highway to hell
(Highway to hell) highway to hell
(Highway to hell)
And I’m goin’ down
All the way
I’m on the highway to hell
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Angus Mckinnon Young / Malcolm Mitchell Young / Ronald Belford Scott
Highway To Hell lyrics © J. Albert And Son Pty Ltd.

Happy Birthday Ritchie Blackmore

There is no tow ways about it, Ritchie Blackmore is one of the all time greatest guitarists. Today is his 77th birthday.

This is just a compilation of some of his music. Starting off with a little known gem by an artist called Heinz, the song is ‘Just like Eddie’ Ritchie Blackmore played guitar on the tracj