The Reckless Tour

I’m not ashamed to admit it… I’m a huge fan of Bryan Adams.

I’ve been listening to this guy’s amazing material since I was in grade school. This year Adams is on tour to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of one of his breakout albums, Reckless. Thirty years ago… I was 10 when this album came out. Yeah, do the math… I hit the big four oh in October.

So being the huge Bryan Adams fan, when I find out that he’s coming to my city to perform, I buy a damn ticket.

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So that was last Thursday… and I’m still fucking buzzing three days later because it was a killer concert. I had a blast.

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That was my view of the state, which I was quite happy with. I could have gotten a ticket on the floor for an extra $30 but I passed on that and I’m very glad that I did. The entire floor was standing up the entire three hour show.

I was happy to be in the stadium seats cause I was able to sit down which was much easier on my joints and especially my back. I had a great elevated view of the stage, so I was quite content with my choice.

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When Adams hit the stage (no opening act, either) it was balls to the wall from start to finished. Here is a set list of what was performed at the show:

1st Set: Reckless

1. Reckless

2. One Night Love Affair

3. She’s Only Happy When She’s Dancin’

4. Run to You

5. The Boys Night Out

6. Heaven

7. Kids Wanna Rock

8. It’s Only Love

9. Long Gone

10. Somebody

11. Ain’t Gonna Cry

12. Summer of ‘69

2nd Set: Other Hits

13. Let Me Down Easy(Roger Daltrey cover)

14. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You

15. If Ya Wanna Be Bad Ya Gotta Be Good

16. Cuts Like a Knife

17. Can’t Stop This Thing We Started

18. Please Forgive Me

19. When You’re Gone (Acoustic)

20. 18 til I Die

21. Cloud #9

22. The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You

ENCORE:

23. You’ve Been a Friend to Me

24. C’mon Everybody (Eddie Cochran cover)

25. Taking Care of Business(Bachman-Turner Overdrive cover with Randy Bachman & Kim Mitchell)

26. The Weight (The Band cover with Randy Bachman & Kim Mitchell)

27. Straight from the Heart (Acoustic)

28. All for Love (Acoustic)

You are not reading that incorrectly, halfway through the encore, Randy Bachman and Kim Mitchell joined Adams on stage to perform two amazing songs. It was fucking amazing! No one had a clue either of them were there let alone were going to be performing on stage!

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How amazing is that? That blew me and the entire audience away. And after that they did a song by The Band. We were floored.

So in conclusion, went to a concert and did not go home disappointed. What  fantastic show. It was a near sold out crowd as well and I think everyone had a great time. This is the first of a few concerts I’ll be attending this year… the bar has been set pretty high but that’s not a bad thing. I look forward to seeing if the shows I’m going to see later in the year are anywhere near this amazing!

Have a great weekend everyone,

PJ

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Billboard Response #6: The New Testament

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Just to correct you, one of the billboards is quoting the new testament. And the new testament didn’t void the old one. Jesus is quoted in Matthew (during his sermon on the mount) as saying:

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.”

That is Jesus himself in the new testament telling everyone to follow the laws of the old testament, not ignore it.

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Checking out early is not the answer, just keep trying…

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When I was in my teens, I felt this way.

Things were not going the way I wanted them to. I had teachers in school that actually said I wasn’t smart enough to graduate from high school, let alone get accepted to University. One oven had the audacity to tell me that I would never amount to anything and likely spend the rest of my years behind bars. I wasn’t the nicest kid in school and I got into trouble often. I was a rebel with a seriously fucked up attitude.

For a while I honestly believed what my naysayers were telling me and that was one of the most depressing years of my life.

I honestly considered suicide but thankfully I chickened out.

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Blaming the victim is never cool…

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Blaming the victim is an act of cowardice. Those who truly believe a cartoonist is to blame for the actions of a murderer is out of touch with reality. There is no justification for shooting someone for drawing a cartoon… ever.

So don’t even try.

PJ

Hate Crime or Parking Dispute?

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While Muslims keep screaming from the roof tops that this was a hate crime, the Police have publicly stated many times that the shooting appears to have been motivated by “an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking”. While I am sure that many people are unwilling to believe that, the country where this shooting took place would suggest other wise. People in the US have been shooting each other for decades for shit much pettier than that. Even the police were aware that this was an “ongoing dispute” likely because they had to be called in for it before, most likely when this guy had cars towed out of his parking space.

While I am saddened by the tragic loss of life, a friend reminded me earlier today of a point I had been considering myself. As an Atheist, I can testify that I have experienced this before as well. There are a lot of religious people out there, both Christian and Muslim, who treat non-believers like absolute shit. There are a lot of believers out there who don’t think Atheists should have any rights and should even be executed for not believing in God. This friend took a moment to also remind me that if there are a lot of Muslims who don’t respect atheists, why would a Muslim (or Christian) respect a non-believer’s right to own a parking space?

Let that sink in for a moment.

We already know that the truth of this incident and the ongoing disrespect for non-believers would certainly explain why there were so many incidents over this guy’s parking space. Just another example of religious folk not showing an ounce of respect or human decency towards a non-believer. They might have assumed that because he was an atheist that he was unworthy of having a space, especially if parking was limited and not all tenants were allowed to have one. This would actually be consistent with the thinking that a lot of Muslims openly exhibit towards non-believers. That non-believers should have no rights are are considered inferior to people who are believers. It would certainly explain why they constantly took his parking space despite the owner’s protest and having cars towed away several times.

Even if this is true… that still doesn’t excuse what this man did. A parking spot is no reason to go postal and fire a gun at people. There is no excuse but for some reason that doesn’t stop some people from picking up a weapon and standing up for themselves.

To all the people who think this non-believer was a bigot and that the religion of the people he shot was the only motive he had; I’m calling bullshit. Chances are this guy was not the bigot but in fact the true recipient of the actually discrimination that was going around that building. I’m willing to bet that this guy was tired of people looking down at him for not believing in their God and being called a heathen or infidel. He was probably sick and tired of people stealing his parking space, which was because these people were upset that a non-believer would get a parking space before them.If someone you think is beneath you gets something before you do, that really seems to piss people off. This is especially true with people who are religious and think they should get special treatment for believing in God.

I’ve witnessed that kind of bigotry with my own eyes. I few years ago, I went to a food bank and I was the fourth in line out of twenty people waiting. A lady who arrived late became upset because she was asked to take a number and wait. She demanded to be seen first and skip everyone else who had arrived before her. This person of religion, which was apparent based on what she was wearing, was not asking but ordering that food bank to treat her better because she thought she was. That’s likely the kind of discrimination this guy was feeling during the ongoing dispute over a parking space.

Personally, I am against all violence. If I had a moment to speak with that Atheist before the shooting… I would have told him that he was wrong. That all life should be respected and that there were better ways to deal with someone stealing your parking space than taking the law into your own hands. Now this man has to spend the rest of his life in jail and for good reason. That is what we should do to anyone that takes a life for what was a very pathetic reason.

It’s upsetting that this man felt taking a gun and shooting someone was his only recourse and that there wasn’t something or someone else out there that could have helped him with his problem. From what I’ve read, the folks on his street filed complaints with the building about how this guy would harass people about his parking space. That’s because it was his fucking parking space! Maybe if you left the fucking man alone, he would do the same! When it’s all said and done, that’s what it all boils down to: respect. If the people of the building respected this man’s right to not believe, things might have turned out differently. If the people residing in this building respected this man’s right to own a parking space, things might have turned out much differently. More importantly, If the man who flipped out was more respectful of human life and the rule of law, things would have definitely turned out much, much differently.

Unfortunately based on what I’m reading, there wasn’t much respect going around for anything or anyone, and it’s that is a major reason why three young people are dead. Every major religion states that someone should love thy neighbor, not matter what. If these alleged people of religion actually practiced what they preached rather than acted like a bunch of bigoted assholes, perhaps things would have turned out a little bit better.

Just saying…

PJ

 

Another Billboard Response Regarding Context…

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Is there any context that would make condoning slavery better?

No, there isn’t.

Nor is there context that would make rape and only paying a small fine as the only punishment any better either. There is no context that would condone murder, genocide, infanticide and displaying bodies to instill fear. There is no context that would any of those quotes look better… none what so ever.

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