Maybe the Best Tribute…

Maybe the best tribute to Tom Wallace—or at least the one I find the most personally reassuring—is that his name is the number one search-term leading people to my blog right now, and my page hits have increased about 500% as a result.

 

To all of you stumbling upon the blog because of that…  I’m deeply sorry for your loss, and I mourn with you.  My apologies for anything else you read here that doesn’t do Tom’s name—which I’m gratified to see was so well-known and loved—justice.

Rest in Peace, Tom

I was planning on writing up something else entirely.  I was supposed to be writing about Pro Wrestling and Hulk Hogan making an unexpected move to TNA Wrestling, along with Eric Bischoff.  This was supposed to be a fun, lighthearted, goofy little blog post.

 

Instead, I’m saying goodbye to ANOTHER friend.

 

Those who’ve been reading my blog for a long while know that I used to work at St. Louis Christian College and that I’m a graduate of the school as well.  While I was a student there, there was a member of the faculty named Tom Wallace.  His wife’s named Linda and she ran the bookstore right up until this semester.  She was laid-off at the same time I was, when SLCC’s budget hit the red.  When Linda and I were both still working there, I’d find some excuse to go over to the bookstore EVERY DAY to say hello to her (and Deb) and chat for a while.  As recently as TODAY, I saw Linda, who interviewed for a job with the company for whom I now work this morning.  All things considered, I’m glad I got to see her with her spirits up.

 

I’m unclear on the timeline…but somewhere after her interview, Linda went home and started making diner.  Tom was downstairs exercising.  Linda walked downstairs to find him unresponsive.  9-1-1 was dialed, but he could not be revived.  Today, Tom Wallace died of a heart attack while his wife lovingly prepared him food he would’ve loved eating.  It’s incredibly sad.  It’s not real to me yet.  My jaw literally dropped when I read it on Facebook.  I actually hesitate to post anything about it because I just can’t believe that it’s actually true.  It’s just shocking.

 

Tom, as I said, was a faculty member at the school while I was a student.  We didn’t have much direct contact as it pertained to my education, but he would always say hello when he saw me and he knew my name for absolutely no reason other than that it was important to him to know it.  That’s a good man.

 

One day, Tom arranged for me to play a gig in Litchfield, Illinois in a fund-raising thing for SLCC.  I haven’t always done right by SLCC, and I’m not necessarily the first person they’d choose as the poster-boy for their Alumni Association…but I was touched when Tom asked me to do that.  I still had the long hair at the time and Tom was one of the few—if not only—faculty members who ever asked me to do something like that.  Most of them, I think, wanted to keep me OUT of the promo-materials based on looks alone…  I hope I did him proud.  (I regret that I never told him how much that meant to me as a student.)  I drug my friend Cody along to play congas, and we did about a half-hour to forty-five minutes.  Tom was there.  He was complimentary, kind, considerate (he made sure I got paid for mileage and made sure the church got us something to eat, as well), and even though I’m not sure the stuff I played was quite his cup of tea, he applauded at all the right times.   He was exactly the kind of man you want in your audience.  He was exactly the kind of man you want in your LIFE.

 

The world sucks a little more without him.

 

I could say more…but I’m starting to bum myself out, and I kind of want to stop writing.  I guess that the measure of a man isn’t how much you CAN say about him, it’s how much you have to leave unsaid for fighting back the lump in your throat.

 

Rest in peace Tom.  I don’t know why you had to leave here so early…I just know Heaven’s luckier than we are.

Just realized…

First of all…sorry ’bout not blogging over the weekend…not much of interest happened…

 

…but moving on…

 

I just realized that I don’t have a tape player anymore.  I’m working on a record with a friend, and he gave me a tape of the songs so I could make some notes and rehearse.  “Thanks, I’ll get right on this,” I said.  But then I got into the car and started driving home.

 

I slightly chuckled to myself that I don’t have a tape player in the car.  A few years ago, I’d have popped it right into the player and given it a listen on the ride home.  Not an option.  Only a CD player and an input for my iPod in there.  Then I got to thinking about it…and…I don’t have a tape player.  I THINK I might have an old 4-track somewhere that I accidentally stole from a friend…but the tape players I used to have either don’t work anymore or I can’t find the power-cords for them.

 

So how am I supposed to listen to this thing?  Does anyone even SELL tape players anymore?

 

…and how freaking SAD is it that the format died and we barely even noticed?  …probably about as sad as it was when Soupy Sales died and most of us thought, “Oh…didn’t know he was still alive.”

 

So, rest in peace, cassette tapes.  And Soupy Sales.

…about the Bible…

I’ve been thinking about the Bible. The one I’ve been reading lately, I’d imagine isn’t too different from your own, assuming you have one. (Most people in America, incidentally, do have one. Several in fact. They are often gifts that go unopened or family heirlooms that get trotted out only during funerals if someone takes the time to write all the family births and deaths in it…but I digress.) My Bible is 1141 pages long (small print, by the way). It has little notes in the footer of the text, explaining cultural things you might be interested in, giving some possible options for meanings of particularly arguable texts, and referencing other places in the Bible that contain similar themes, ideas, or wordings. It’s fairly easy to understand. It’s in a more-or-less modern version of English. The stories, even at their longest, are shorter than most novels you’ve probably read. It’s a pretty straightforward, simple, everyday Bible.

 

I’d imagine most Bibles look comparable to this. There are some variations, of course. Some don’t have all those little (irrelevant) footnotes. Some are worded in different (but similar) wordings of English from my own. Some have different coloured passages of text to indicate words spoken by Jesus. Some aren’t leather-bound. Some are thinner (largely because they saved page-space without the footers). Some are thicker (largely as marketing devices). But in all, I’d imagine the stories are basically the same. The point is consistent from Bible to Bible, I’d think. The words are basically easy to read—or at worst no more taxing than reading a “classic” by Dickens or Austen, or even a dreadful fluff piece by Nick Sparks or anything from Oprah’s Book Club. The point is, that I’d wager good money the Bibles we both have are pretty similar, with only inconsequential differences.

 

So…here’s the thing. There are thousands—literally THOUSANDS—of books that have been written attempting to explain the Bible. Go to Amazon.com (or, my preferred, BarnesandNoble.com) and type the words “Bible commentary” into the search field. Barnes and Noble gave me over 5000 hits. And these are only a slim margin of the available resources out there. Whereas there are commentaries that discuss the Bible as a whole, most of the commentaries considered to be “good” in Biblical Academia are the ones that deal with only one book of the Bible per volume of the commentary series. (A lot like a standard encyclopedia…except where Vol. 5 of a standard encyclopedia might be for the letter “E,” Vol. 5 of a Bible Commentary might deal with the Bible book of Deuteronomy. You get the idea.) In the case of the Word Biblical Commentary, there are two full books dedicated to just the Biblical book of Genesis. In my bible, Genesis is 50 pages long. The Word Biblical Commentary books on the subject reach a total of 962 pages—about 90% as long as my WHOLE Bible. That seems strangely weighted to me.

 

Christians, for the most part believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Of course, there are some who debate the degree of inspiration vs. human interpretation blahblahblah…but let’s keep this kind of general and just allow that MOST Christians believe the Bible to be God’s word. God’s perfect, flawless Word. So…why does God’s word—perfect in its simplicity and brevity—need a series of books that dwarf it in page number alone to explain it? Doesn’t that seem kind of stupid? If God didn’t think that what was in the Bible was easy enough to understand, don’t you think he might have just added a bit more within the pages of the actual text rather than wait for some publishing company to fund a new commentary set? Doesn’t it seem just a little bit like these people are wasting their time?

 

…but maybe that’s just me. Maybe I’m the only one left who’s actually interested in studying the actual words IN the Bible, rather than the words written about those words by people who, frankly, are altogether too wordy in the first place. Myself included.

 

So there you go.

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Stuff I Bought from Barnes & Noble:

  • Harvey Pekar – “American Splendor — Another Dollar”
  • Nick Hornby – “Not a Star”
  • Nick Hornby – “Shakespeare Wrote for Money”
  • Nick Hornby – “Housekeeping vs. the Dirt”

…so basically, I’m catching up on my balding dudes who write about day-to-day stuff…

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Side note…if the Windows guy and the Mac guy from those commercials both applied for the same job, who do you think they’d be more likely to hire?  The guy in the suit, right?  Makes ya’ think…

Good News

Just a small update.  My brother and sister-in-law got good news about the twins today.  (I think we—and by “we,” I mean “I”—are officially calling them “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” until we have proper names to call them, by the way.)  Doctor’s now reading BOTH heartbeats and everything looks great.  Thanks to everybody who kept them in mind this week.  (Thought about posting the ultrasound pic…but technically that’s a picture of two naked kids and it’s just not that kind of blog.)

 

And now the (selfishly) bad news…the due-date has been changed to May 29.  That’s my birthday.

 

No offense to Dave and Valerie, but I’m turning 30 this year…and I’m sure I’ll love whatever arrangement of  nieces/nephews this turns out to be…but—again, no offense—I’m not doing kid-shit on my 30th.  You’d best PLAN that C-Section!  🙂  (Mostly joking…kinda…maybe…)

 

In all seriousness…  Officially congrats to them on officially having everything be officially official as of today.  Officially.

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Current Reading:

  • Ordered a few things from Barnes and Noble…most excited about the latest edition of Harvey Pekar’s “American Splendor” (called “Another Dollar”).  WAY looking forward to cracking that open when it gets here on Friday!!!

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BONUS JOKE:  This one’s been going around the Internet for a couple of days, and I thought it was funny.  No idea where it originated…  “Thank God they found the balloon boy.  For a little while, I thought Michael Jackson was placing take-out orders.”

A Few Show Memories

On my last post, my friend Jim commented that he’d like to see which shows I liked, which I didn’t, my thoughts on the bands, etc.  Obviously, with a list of like 150 bands (see my additions if you checked prior to midnight) that just isn’t possible…but I can share a few of my favorite stories and memories.  (Fair warning, even keeping it BRIEF, this is going to be long!)  I don’t have a head for dates and whatnot, so I’m not going to specifically date too many of these.  Shoot…for some of them, I can’t even remember the YEAR, much less the date!  Still…here are some of my favorite concert memories.  No particular order…but the very first one on the list probably speaks for how much it mattered to me.

 

  1. The Who
    • 1989 “Reunion” Tour – AKA “The Who On Ice,” if you ask the band…  This wasn’t necessarily the finest hour of The Who.  Kind of dry, and there was WAY too big of a band.  I much prefer the stripped-down Who we’ve been getting pretty much ever since.  Nonetheless, this was an amazing show for me.  I was 9.  It was at Busch Stadium (the one they tore down).  I know my dad and brother were there, and I think my brother’s friend Rob was there, too.  I remember looking down at the stage and seeing Pete Townshend jumping around and whatnot and thinking, “I want to be that guy…or Roger Daltrey…which-ever!”  And my obsession pretty much began there.
    • 1996 – Quadrophenia Tour – My favorite band of all time played my favorite record of all time from front to back.  A moment I’ll treasure forever.  Almost ruined by some f*cker throwing stuff at me when I remained standing for the bass solo while he sat down (like 10 rows back, where he could move his head)…but he didn’t win…so all in all…awesome show.  🙂
  2. Styx 1991-ish?  “Edge of the Century” Tour, anyway…  – I was a big Styx fan in those days.  These days, they’ve gotten a little embarassing…but during that reunion tour, they were still great, even sans Tommy “I’m in Damn Yankees!” Shaw.  Lots of fun.  Went with my dad and brother.  Got a ticket for either my birthday or Christmas…don’t recall which…I think my birthday.  Which-ever one it was, I was thrilled.  Show lived up to expectations and I still think about it now and again even today.
  3. Cheap Trick
    • Trick Fest 2 – Don’t recall the year.  This was Cheap Trick’s fan-fest in Merrilville, Indiana.  Went with my brother for the one set they did that non-fan-club-members could buy tickets for.  Very cool night.  They did a (then rare) acoustic segment.  They played all the stuff I was hoping to hear…and on the ride home, Dave and I saw a snow-tornado.  Seriously.  It was a tornado made out of snow.  I’m not making that up.  He’ll vouch for me.
    • Trick Fest 3 – This time we were full members of the fan club.  All access to all sets and fan-stuff.  Met the band.  Told Robin Zander he shouldn’t wear stripes.  Asked Rick Nielsen what his oldest guitar was (something like an 1850 Martin, if you’re interested).  Stammered to find words to say to Tom Petersson’s super-hot daughter.  Met some ladies from Japan.  Went to the 25th Anniversary show (I think you can kind of see us in the fan shots of the “Silver” CD and DVD jackets).  Got a bunch of free guitar picks.  Really cool few days.
  4. Dream Theater – “Scenes from a Memory” Tour – Saw the whole concept record done live at Mississippi Nights (in the old, filthy, awesome location) complete with screens showing movie-type stuff to flesh out the story.  BIG capstone moment in my Dream Theater fandom…and actually, it’s kind of odd…but I haven’t enjoyed them quite as much ever since.  I think that show kind of was the absolute PEAK for me, and they’ll just never be as good again, in my eyes…even though I have liked a lot of the stuff they’ve done since.
  5. Iron Maiden
    • X-Factor tour – Okay…not their brightest moment.  A band used to playing stadiums, arenas, and sheds played a 1000 capacity club (Mississippi Nights, again) and didn’t even sell it out.  Still…this was my first Maiden show.  Blayze or no Blayze, it was great.  No appearance of Eddie…they didn’t have the room…but the remaining STL die-hard fans were all there, and it was a great night.  It’s not often you get to see such a BIG world famous act that intimately…I’ll never forget it.
    • Brave New World Tour (w/ Queensryche and Rob Halford) – Reunion with Dickenson.  Excellent record.  Excellent tour…and Steve Harris stole Dave’s soul.  (Looked right at him during “Two Minutes to Midnight” and stole his freaking soul.  Saw it happen.  I was right next to him.  That dude took his soul.)  This time, they were in a proper venue, with proper stage sets, and Eddie showed up.  Really awesome.
  6. Reverend Horton Heat – Like 2007? – Saw him for the first time at Pop’s in Sauget, Illinois.  I wasn’t a fan at the time…but years earlier, on my 21st birthday, I found a girlie-shirt wedged into the booth I was sitting in at the bar.  No one claimed it, so I took it home, and randomly wore a Rev girlie-tee around for a while.  I felt like that show fulfilled my shirt…and also it was AWESOME, and I bought my first Gretsch because of it…but I think I’ve already talked about that part…mostly, I just thought you’d all appreciate the image of me in a girlie-shirt.
  7. The Rev/Motorhead – This is included because it was the loudest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.  See last month’s write-up, if you missed it.
  8. Queensryche – Promised Land Tour – Really amazing production values.  Showed me that musical theatre CAN be done in a metal setting without seeming really, really queer.  Really great album and a really great tour.  Really ambitious production that really stuck with me.  Pity it was to an only half-sold Keil Center (or whatever it’s called now) and most of the crowd didn’t even know to sing the “Revolution Calling” bit of the song of the same name.  Still…great show on the band’s part.
  9. Rush – Counterparts Tour – Don’t know exactly why this one stands out of the Rush shows I’ve been to…maybe because it was my first one…maybe because of the fire-effects they used during “Double Agent.”  Maybe it’s that it was a great record, that I can still play most of on the bass.  Dunno…but it was a highlight for me.
  10. Van Halen
    • 1991 – The F.U.C.K. ‘n Live Tour (That’s what it was called.  Don’t blame me.  Blame me for saying “f*cker” earlier…but blame Sammy Hagar for this one!)  Really fun show with my brother and dad…and maybe Heeley?  It’s hard to remember.  Sold out show.  Loads of fun.  Pity it took a couple of HOURS to get out of the parking lot because Riverport was somehow worse then than it is now…but anyway…cool show, and I liked that I kept getting to point out to my classmates that if you abbreviate “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge,” it’s dirty.
    • Live Right Here, Right Now Tour – This is mostly on the list because I bought a t-shirt at this show that said, “Right now, Van Halen’s kicking ass in St. Louis.”  I got in a LOT of trouble with my mom.  (Dad stuck up for me.  Thanks, Dad.)  She died believing that I threw the shirt away on her orders (which I’m not sure Dad knew about).  But guess what…  I lied.  It’s in my closet right now.  And I DID wear it out of the house to band practice too.  Sorry, Mom—but not very.  You over-reacted on that one.  (I’m saying this like she reads my blog…lol…)
  11. Drive By Truckers
    • Duck Room, “Decoration Day” Tour – This was my first DBT show.  I’d heard some/most of the “Decoration Day” record, and liked it…but I had no idea what I was in for!  Something like a 2.5 hour set BEFORE encore.  I hadn’t slept the night before (due to insomnia and a paper being due—I was still in college, then) and the show was going LATE.  It was a marathon.  Almost painful…but by the end, it’d completely changed what I wanted to do as a musician, and they’d made themselves a hard-core, life-long fan.  Also, I think this was the first real concert I attended with my sister-in-law along for the ride with me and Dave…so that’s something, too.
    •  The one I don’t recall from Mississippi Nights. – I think from the “Blessing and a Curse” Tour.  Got there and realized that I already owned all of the merch from off the website…so I started buying beers for myself and others.  I have spotty recollections of it, but what I recall was amazing.  Felt like a communal experience, if memory serves.  My brother has more than once said to me, “It was a great show, you should’ve been there.”  He’s right.  Do yourself a favor…if you go to an awesome show, stop after beer #2.  Don’t miss something amazing, just because you brought too much money.
    • Feb. 29 (Leap Year) 2008 – Notable because this was the first show that Dave, Dad and I had gone to together in a long time, which was really cool and kind of sentimental…and they did “18 Wheels of Love” out of nowhere.
  12. David Bowie – Reality Tour (03?) – I was pissed that Dave bought more expensive tickets than I wanted to pay for…but in all a really cool show.  I think I’ve mentioned once or twice that I’ve got a total man-crush on Bowie.  That in mind, it was amazing seeing him live…and I went out and bought some grey Chuck Taylor’s just like his that next week.  🙂
  13. Mr. Big – Don’t remember when…but it was at Mississippi Nights (I miss that venue).  Mostly notable because the day before the show (or was it day OF?) Dave, my friend Marc and I met the band at Streetside Records (I miss that store, too).  Nice guys, if memory serves.  Being that Billy Sheehan was a bass-hero of mine, I was really nervous…but I think I got through it without sounding like TOO big an idiot.  Don’t remember much of the show, though…
  14. Rich Mullins – About a month before he died.  I’d never seen Rich before.  I’d only heard “Awesome God,” which I thought was cute, but silly.  (Still feel that way.)  Only knowing that song, I was expecting a guy who looked and acted like Carmen to take the stage.  …but then Rich Mullins walks out.  He’s not wearing shoes.  His shorts were obviously earlier long-pants (probably that morning).  His t-shirt looked like he’d made it out of a bath-towel.  And he sang the smartest songs about God I’d ever heard, or that I’ve EVER heard.  I’m still bummed that he’s dead.  Christian music lost one of its few really genuine people and really amazing poets when Rich died.  He’ll never be replaced—and if you look around at the Christian scene today (if any), you’ll see that I’m right about that.
  15. George Jones – A couple of years ago…I don’t know when.  All I know is that Dave and I were by FAR the youngest people who were there of our own volition.  I was right in George’s line-of-sight apparently.  He kept looking at me.  A couple of times, he kind of had a “what’re you doing here?” look on his face.  …and I just kept singing along.  🙂
  16. Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band – Magic Tour – The St. Louis show is STILL being talked about among Springsteen cultists.  LOOOOONG show, harkening back to the old days.  Really amazing setlist, and a lot of fun.  So long of a show, in fact, that you could see Bruce and Little Steven arguing about if they’d do ANOTHER encore (I think they did three) as Bruce called for another song.  I was there.  Part of history.  Dave was, too…but he was really tired and hungry and didn’t enjoy himself quite as much as I did…not his fault though…he just didn’t have time to eat beforehand.  Plus, there were guys from Jersey right behind us up until they moved down so the fat guy could dance…
  17. Clapton – A day or two after Stevie Ray Vaughn died…same accident claimed the lives of a couple of people involved with Clapton’s tour.  He was obviously devastated throughout the show, playing several Vaughn signature-songs.  But I think he needed it.  Only music can get you through something like that.
  18. Farm Aid – Documented elsewhere on the blog…mostly just cool to go to that with Dad and Dave.  Plus, I found out that I’m a Mellencamp fan.  So…bonus!
  19. HORDE (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) Tour where the Black Crowes performed.  I fell in love with the Crowes that night.  Became a HUGE fan…then they broke up…but then they reunited!  …but then they broke up again…but then they reunited! …but it sucks because they’ve turned into a hippie jam-band that is boring and doesn’t write good songs anymore…  But the HORDE show was awesome!  🙂
  20. Union/Glimmer – Mostly cool because Glimmer was awesome and Dave and Heeley ended up drinking with them after their set.  Then I met the guys in Union.  I said to Bruce Kulick (former member of Kiss), “Frehley’s got NOTHING on you!”  He replied, “He’s got a couple-million dollars I don’t have.”  Good story.
  21. JD Blackfoot, Steppenwolf, BTO, Kansas – Okay…cool line-up anyway…but the thing that makes this so memorable for me was that when Dad went away to go to the bathroom, he came back and showed us his ticket-stub…and he’d met JD Blackfoot in the bathroom.  Better story than mine above…and I think he still has that ticket somewhere.
  22. Spice Girls – I was a fan.  I’m not embarrassed by it.  It was goofy, fun, Brit-pop, and the girls were in on their own joke.  The movie was funny (which is what won me over, by the way) and the show was good.  Went with Dave and Teague.  I think Chris is a little embarrassed by it now…but at the time, it was awesome.  We paid a scalper more than I’d like to admit for awesome seats right down front (okay…fine…it was about $150 a pop).  Bought t-shirts a size too small because they didn’t think they’d sell any to adults.  We had fun.  No regrets.

…there’s probably more I could tell…but those are some of the highlights of the ridiculous amount of shows I’ve seen.  Hope you enjoyed it.

 

Goodnight.  It’s 3:30 in the morning, and I’ve got to go to work in a minute.

Bands I’ve Seen

(Small edit late 9/19/09) – My brother did his own list, too.  I’ve added a few from his, and a few that I thought up myself at the bottom.

 

I’m undertaking a BIG project.  I’m trying to make a list of all the bands I’ve seen.  That counts opening acts, festivals, etc…not all by choice (some multiple times, not by choice).  It’s a tough game to play.  I’ve been to a lot of shows.  As it turns out, some of them were kind of embarassing…but whatever.  No regrets.

 

This list, I should say, is incomplete.  I KNOW I’m missing some stuff.  I get the sense that I’m missing something HUGE, too…but I don’t know what it could be.  In one sitting, I got to 132 and had to stop because my head was starting to hurt.  Maybe if Dave’s reading along, he can fill in some gaps.  The list is semi-alphabetical (based on Excel’s system of alphabetizing…which is notably flawed in the “the” department…).  There’s a shockingly high number of crappy Christian acts, due to being a born-again Christian in my teen years (which, y’know…I still AM, but the term “born again” seems a little silly after you’ve been that for like 15 years—but that’s probably its own post) and my attendance of the Cornerstone Festival for a number of years.  There are also a lot of fairly obscure, yet awesome acts.  My apologies for the “who’s that?”-ing you’re about to do. 

 

That said, if you KNOW you’ve been to a show with me but you don’t see that band listed, please leave a comment.  National acts only, please.  (Much as I love some of my local favorites, they just don’t count when it comes to this list…if the band wouldn’t be known outside of their local bar, they don’t make the list.)

 

* = I’ve seen them more than once.  (In some cases, like the Drive-By Truckers and Cheap Trick, it’s about 10 times!)

 

Deep breath.  Let’s go!

 

  1. Aimee Mann
  2. Alice in Chains
  3. Allman Brothers
  4. Anthrax
  5. Ashley Cleveland
  6. Audio Adrenaline
  7. Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  8. Big Head Todd and the Monsters *
  9. Billy Joel *
  10. Billy Sheehan (Clinic)
  11. Billy Talent
  12. Black Crowes *
  13. Blues Traveller *
  14. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
  15. Bruce Willis
  16. Burlap to Cashmere
  17. Caedmon’s Call *
  18. Cheap Trick *
  19. Chuck Berry
  20. Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
  21. David Bowie
  22. David Crowder
  23. DC Talk (Shut up…I know…)
  24. Denison Witmer
  25. Dixie Dregs
  26. Dream Theater *
  27. Drive-By Truckers *
  28. Dropkick Murphys
  29. Elton John *
  30. Eric Clapton
  31. Ernie Isley and the Jam Band
  32. Felice Brothers
  33. Flickerstick
  34. Galactic Cowboys
  35. Geoff Moore and the Distance
  36. George Jones
  37. Glenn Kaiser
  38. Glimmer
  39. GOAT
  40. Great Big Everything
  41. Great White
  42. Greenwheel
  43. Greg and Rebecca Sparks
  44. Gretchen Wilson
  45. Halford
  46. Hank Williams III
  47. Heart
  48. Iggy Pop
  49. Iron Maiden *
  50. J. D. Blackfoot
  51. Jamey Johnson
  52. Jars of Clay *
  53. Jason Mraz
  54. Jeff Moody * (also played in his band)
  55. John Mellencamp
  56. Kansas
  57. Kendall Payne
  58. Kiss * (with and without make-up)
  59. Legendary Shack Shakers
  60. Madison Greene *
  61. Metallica
  62. Miranda Stone *
  63. Mitch McVicker
  64. Monster Magnet
  65. Motorhead *
  66. Mr. Big
  67. Murder By Death
  68. Murray Hammond
  69. MxPx
  70. Nashville Pussy *
  71. Neil Young
  72. Newsboys *
  73. Old 97s *
  74. One-5-Oh! *
  75. Open Skyz
  76. Our Lady Peace
  77. Pearl Jam
  78. Pedro the Lion
  79. Peter Tork
  80. POD
  81. Poor Old Lu
  82. Primus
  83. Psalters *
  84. Puddle of Mudd
  85. Queensryche *
  86. Ragamuffin Band (After Rich Mullins died)
  87. Reliant K
  88. REO Speedwagon *
  89. Reverend Horton Heat *
  90. Rich Mullins
  91. Ringo Starr and the All Star Band
  92. Robert Randolph and the Family Band
  93. Rolling Stones
  94. Rubyhorse
  95. Rush *
  96. Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horse
  97. Sammy Hagar *
  98. Screemin’ Cheetah Wheelies
  99. Seeds *
  100. Sheryl Crow
  101. Sixpence None the Richer
  102. Skillet
  103. Spice Girls
  104. Squeeze
  105. Steppenwolf
  106. Steve Taylor
  107. Stryper  (That’s right.  Stryper.)
  108. Styx
  109. Switchfoot
  110. The 77s
  111. The Band
  112. The Crossing
  113. The Drams
  114. The Lost Dogs
  115. The Who *
  116. Third Day *
  117. This Train *
  118. Tiger Army
  119. Toad the Wet Sprocket
  120. Tony Bennet (My Dad swears by this, but I don’t clearly remember it)
  121. Trixter
  122. Type O Negative
  123. Union
  124. Van Halen *
  125. Vigilantes of Love
  126. Waterdeep *
  127. Widespread Panic *
  128. Wilco
  129. Will Dailey
  130. Willie Nelson *
  131. Yes *
  132. Ziggy Marley

 

So…what’s your list?  (I know for a fact that my brother’s would dwarf mine.)

 

Edit: The list’s been up less than five minutes…and…  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice Cooper, and Lennon (the girl metal singer…not John).

 

Also…somehow forgot Def Leppard, Hayes Carll, Page/Plant—twice, and Soul Asylum.

…holy crap!  And Dio, Five Iron Frenzy, OC Supertones…Fear Factor, Fates Warning, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Power of County, The Tragically Hip, Rhett Miller, Fight…and Anthrax (John Bush era—the first go-around)…