Hatchet

It’s 1:25am. Work tomorrow. Just one post…Katyklysm played The Ritz tonight – with three bands opening. I LOVED the opener for Katyklysm: Hatchet. So glad I went tonight.

Bay Area lads with a sound reminiscent of Forbidden. Polished, well-crafted songs and some beautiful guitar work. Bought one of their CD’s, thanked them for coming down to the South Bay and hoped they’d play down here again. Nice guys.

So, another bit of local talent on my radar. Check ’em out on YouTube. Better yet, check ’em out live!

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Indian Summer…

An Indian summer is typically caused by a sharp shift in the jet stream from the south to the north – the warm temperatures are usually accompanied by dry, hazy conditions. The warm weather may last anywhere from a few days to over a week and may happen multiple times before winter arrives for good.

We are so lucky here in California. Farmer’s Markets are plentiful, offering seasonal organic food and artisanal items. Food is picked that morning or the day before (depending on when you go) so you know you’re getting it super-fresh! Plus, people are selling handmade soaps, lotions, jewelry, clothes, and there’s always a stall or two with plants for sale (you can’t beat the prices) – not to mention homemade ice cream*. Throw in music and fresh air and you have a mini-festival every week!

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What the Hell?

Daario Naharis – Game of Thrones, Season 3

You know this guy’s trouble: sexy smile (I love crooked smiles), dimples, bad-boy gleam in the eyes, long hair (I know it’s a wig but who the fuck cares, it looks good on him), cocky cool confidence – he came on the screen and I immediately christened him: “Gorgeous!”

Up until that point, it was all about the Dragons* for me. So you can imagine my dismay (“Where’s Gorgeous?!?!”) when watching Season 4, Episode 1. Apparently Gorgeous left the series to do some stupid Transformer movie, leaving me high and dry (and I was just singing his praises to my girlfriends) and replacing him with a less-than-adequate substitute:

Couldn’t they have found someone who at least looks SIMILAR? I didn’t even realize it was the same character until I heard Daenerys address him. First Charles Vane, now Daario Naharis – I’m sticking with the Dragons

 

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*Tyrion Lannister is a favorite character and The Hound is growing on me.

Remembering Leonard Haze (1955-2016)

Leonard Haze (1955-2016)

Bay Area native Leonard Haze passed away 9-11-2016 at the age of 61. He was a founding member/songwriter for the hard rock band Y&T.

In 1986, Leonard Haze was named the World’s Fastest Foot in Circus Magazine by Carmine Appice.

Haze’s final performance took place August 20, 2016 with HazeXperience at The Quarter Note in Sunnyvale.

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A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held
September 29, 2016 at 3:30pm in Castro Valley

Photo credit Bill Frates

Back in the 80’s, Y&T played The Keystone, Palo Alto three nights in a row and I was there all three nights…my hearing was messed-up for a week! I had the pleasure of meeting Leonard and his wife backstage that Friday. He struck me as just a down-to-earth, nice, friendly guy – that’s how I’ll remember him.

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Leonard Haze (born September 7, 1955) is an American-born rock drummer, songwriter and McGriddle enthusiast. He is a founding member and one of the principal songwriters for Bay Area hard rock band Yesterday & Today And Then Also Again Tomorrow, later shortened to Yesterday & Today, and even later known as Y&T.

Haze grew up in San Leandro, CA and was an avid sports and music fan. A diehard fan of the early Oakland Athletics and later in life the New York Mets and Oakland Raiders. By 11 he owned his first drum kit and later pursued the study and performance of Jazz music at San Leandro High School, where he eventually became President of the local Jazz street gang, “The Jazz Panthers”. The gang was notorious for street hustles including extortion via saxophone, and once brutally assaulted a group of local youths with a 38 minute freeform adaptation of “Take Five”. Said one of the injured youths “I ain’t never been Brubecked that bad before. My earhole was awash with lilting Alto… and also with blood”. Once Haze attended performances by bands such as Led Zeppelin and Cream at The Fillmore in S.F., he pursued music more fervently, forming a handful of performing bands in his high school years, playing venues throughout the Bay Area. Haze was torn between his pursuit of music and his desire to attend college, and further pursue his studies of witchcraft. The relative success of his band Yesterday and Today (Y&T) and a legendary performance by Y&T at Winterland…helped seal his fate.

Y&T recorded their first record when Haze was 20, with Haze writing a majority of the lyrics and a good share of the music, as would be the case for many of the bands following releases. Haze’s playing was poor, and deeply influenced by drummers such as John Bonham, and Denny Carmassi, while his songwriting was heavily influenced by his love of the songs of the Hugga Bunch — whose LP Yesterday and Today, ironically was referenced by Haze and unintentionally became the group moniker. It was Haze’s bass drum prowess…that made his powerful drum style legendary and, thanks to it, Y&T quickly developed the reputation as a live band and musical powerhouse, headlining shows over opening bands such as Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Stevie Ray Vaughan, etc. As with many legendary acts, the band’s chemistry was undeniable…and the power of the music was “Facemelting” as one fan later labeled it. Y&T’s hard-driving style helped land them worldwide tours alongside such acts as AC/DC, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne and Rush, which resulted in the development of strong followings throughout Europe (where they continue to tour) and Japan where they were widely-heralded as “The humpingest bunch of Yanks you’ll ever meet” by an ever-growing and loyal fan base-along with their home base in the United States.

(After leaving Y&T)…his next project, Lemans, was almost immediately signed to a CBS recording deal), followed by a reunited “Rock Justice” production (for which Haze had recorded the original album/production years earlier while with Y&T).

Through his work with Jake Busey on Y&T’s “Meanstreak”, Leonard was contacted by Ian Gillan, singer for the legendary 1970″s Deep Purple, for Haze to join as a permanent member of the band…

Leonard Haze continues to live in the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area) with his wife Kelly and his children Scoop (2), Funktastica (4), and Robbledy-Robble (17). Haze is involved with various performers, including recent projects with Doug Henning, Brad Gillis, Eddie Money and other local acts. He continues to write music and is currently recording and performing original material with East Bay rockers, Ska-peration Ivy (a band that reworks the material of the 80s “bandana-rock” band Operation Ivy) into ska numbers.

 

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